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The More the Healthier ? Health and Family Size

  title={The More the Healthier ? Health and Family Size},
  author={P. Lundborg and Hilda Ralsmark and Dan-Olof Rooth},
We use a unique dataset on the entire Swedish male birth cohorts between 1965 and 1978 to investigate the effect of an exogenous increase in family size on children’s health. When using twin births as an instrument for family size we find a positive effect of family size on height of at least 1/2 cm per additional sibling. This is in line with a recent literature in medicine that suggests that greater exposure to infections early in life is beneficial for the development of the immune system… Expand
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