Separated at Girth: U.S. Twin Estimates of the Effects of Birthweight+

  title={Separated at Girth: U.S. Twin Estimates of the Effects of Birthweight+},
  author={Heather Rhea Royer and Martha Bailey and David Card and Tom Chang and Ken Chay and John Dinardo and Erica Greulich and Mireille G Jacobson and P. Martorell and Justin McCrary and Doug Miller and Meghan E Cameron and Feng Pan and David Barker},
The fetal origins hypothesis asserts that nutrient deprivation in utero can raise an individual's chronic disease risk. Within economics, this hypothesis has gained acceptance as a leading explanation for the cross-sectional correlations between birthweight, a proxy for fetal nutrient intake, and adult outcomes such as educational attainment, earnings and health. However, tests of this hypothesis using crosssectional data may not adequately account for the effect of omitted variables such as… CONTINUE READING


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