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Infant deaths: Notes toward a behavioral model

Leon Taylor ()

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Abstract: A woman may choose to become more educated, partly because she wishes to emulate those around her. A behavioral model suggests that she is less likely to lose her baby than the less educated by flouting basic rules of health. Estimates of a three-equation model suggest that low-weight births are most likely where youths (as well as the adults around them) are most likely to have dropped out of high school. The impact of the dropout rate on low-weight births varies from state to state, however. Preliminary estimates suggest a high marginal cost of health information. [JEL I12, I29]

Keywords: infant; mortality; education; dropouts; low-weight; birth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I29 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
Date: 2000-07-22
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea and nep-ifn
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