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Research Paper Warwick Economics Research Papers 1345

Infant health, cognitive performance and earnings: evidence from inception of the welfare state in Sweden

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Publication date

Apr 2021

Abstract

We identify earnings impacts of exposure to an infant health intervention in Sweden, using individual linked administrative data to trace potential mechanisms. Leveraging quasi-random variation in eligibility, we estimate that exposure was associated with higher test scores in primary school for boys and girls. However only girls were more likely to score in the top quintile. Subsequent gains, in secondary schooling, employment, and earnings, are restricted to girls. We show that the differential gains for women accrued from both skills and opportunities, expansion of the welfare state having created unprecedented employment opportunities for women.

Subjects

Education, Child Development, Economics, Wages And Earnings, Health, and Life Course Analysis

Links

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/research/workingpapers/2021/twerp_1345_-_bhalotra.pdf


Related publications

  1. Infant health, cognitive performance and earnings: evidence from inception of the welfare state in Sweden

    Sonia Bhalotra, Martin Karlsson, Therese Nilsson, et al.

    1. Education
    2. Child Development
    3. Economics
    4. Wages And Earnings
    5. Health
    6. Life Course Analysis

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