The Long-Run Effects of Cesarean Sections

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This paper analyzes the long-term effects of potentially avoidable cesarean sections on children’s health. Using Finnish administrative data, we document that physicians perform more unplanned C-sections during their regular working hours on days that precede a weekend or public holiday and use this exogenous variation as an instrument for C-sections. We supplement our instrumental variables results with a differences-in-differences estimation strategy that exploits variation in birth mode within sibling pairs and across families. Our results suggest that avoidable unplanned C-sections increase the risk of asthma, but do not affect other immune-mediated disorders previously associated with C-sections.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • University of Zurich
  • University of Turku
  • Government Institute for Economic Research
  • National Institute for Health and Welfare

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Hälso- och sjukvårdsorganisation, hälsopolitik och hälsoekonomi
  • Nationalekonomi


TidskriftJournal of Human Resources
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 2020
Peer review utfördJa