Maternal Stress and Child Well-Being : Evidence from Siblings

  title={Maternal Stress and Child Well-Being : Evidence from Siblings},
  author={Laura R. Stroud},
We study how maternal stress affects child outcomes. We find that in-utero exposure to elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol negatively affects the cognition, health and educational attainment of offspring. These findings are based on comparisons between siblings to control for unobserved differences between mothers that could bias estimates. Our results are consistent with recent experimental results in the neuro-biological literature linking exogenous exposure to coritsol in-utero… CONTINUE READING

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