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Prenatal Drug Use and the Production of Infant Health

Kelly Noonan, Nancy E. Reichman, Hope Corman, Dhaval Dave

NBER Working Paper No. 11433
Issued in June 2005
NBER Program(s):   HE

We estimate the effect of illicit drug use during pregnancy on low birth weight. We use data from a national longitudinal study of urban parents that includes post-partum interviews with mothers, hospital medical record data on the mother and newborn, extensive demographic information on both parents, and information about the city where the mother resides. We address the potential endogeneity of prenatal drug use and present estimates using alternative measures of prenatal illicit drug use. Depending on how drug use is measured, we find deleterious effects of illicit drug use on low birth weight that range from 3 to 5 percentage points.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w11433

Published: Kelly Noonan & Nancy E. Reichman & Hope Corman & Dhaval Dave, 2007. "Prenatal drug use and the production of infant health," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(4), pages 361-384.

 
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