Perinatal Health among 1 Million Chinese-Americans

Economics

Speaker:Doug Almond, Columbia
Website: http://users.nber.org/~almond/
Date: Friday 22 March 2019
Time: 14.00
Location: Pearson Teaching Room

Further details

"Missing girls" suggest a net preference for sons in China and among Chinese immigrants to the West. We consider health at delivery of surviving girls born in the US and find higher rates of low birth weight, congenital anomalies, maternal hypertension, and lower APGAR scores among Chinese Americans (relative to the non-Chinese gender gap). Hospitals spend more on Chinese-American girls, keep them longer following delivery, and perform more medical procedures than expected. Nevertheless, stillbirth and death on the first day of life are more common and Chinese daughters are less likely to be brought back to the hospital following delivery. To the best of our knowledge, we are the first to find that son preference may compromise health at birth.