Does Low Birth Weight Matter ? Evidence from the U . S . Population of Twin Births

@inproceedings{Almond2002DoesLB,
  title={Does Low Birth Weight Matter ? Evidence from the U . S . Population of Twin Births},
  author={Douglas Almond},
  year={2002}
}
A widely held position is that spending resources to reduce the incidence of low birth weight (LBW) births represents one of the best investments in improving infant health and welfare. The emphasis of public policies (e.g. Medicaid, WIC, maternal smoking cessation campaigns) on LBW rests crucially on the claim that any policy that works to reduce the incidence of LBW births will improve infant health outcomes. This paper empirically evaluates this claim – that birth weight can reliably… CONTINUE READING

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