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February 2013The Effects of Poor Neonatal Health on Children's Cognitive Development
with David N. Figlio, Jonathan Guryan, Krzysztof Karbownik: w18846
We make use of a new data resource, merged birth and school records for all children born in Florida from 1992 to 2002, to study the effects of birth weight on cognitive development from kindergarten through schooling. Using twin fixed effects models, we find that the effects of birth weight on cognitive development are essentially constant through the school career; that these effects are very similar across a wide range of family backgrounds; and that they are invariant to measures of school quality. We conclude that the effects of poor neonatal health on adult outcomes are therefore set very early.
April 2011Information Shocks and Social Networks
with David N. Figlio, Sarah Hamersma: w16930
The relationships between social networks and economic behavior have been well-documented. However, it is often difficult to distinguish between the role of information sharing and other features of a neighborhood, such as factors that are common to people of the same ethnicities or socio-economic opportunities, or uniquely local methods of program implementation. We seek to gain new insight into the potential role of information flows in networks by investigating what happens when information is disrupted. We exploit rich microdata from Florida vital records and program participation files to explore the effects of neighborhood social networks on the degree to which immigrant WIC participation during pregnancy declined in the "information shock" period surrounding welfare reform. We c...
April 2007The Behavioral Consequences of Pre-Kindergarten Participation for Disadvantaged Youth
with David Figlio
in The Problems of Disadvantaged Youth: An Economic Perspective, Jonathan Gruber, editor

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