The impact of altitude on infant health in South America.

  title={The impact of altitude on infant health in South America.},
  author={George L. Wehby and Eduardo Enrique Castilla and Jorge S L{\'o}pez-Camelo},
  journal={Economics and human biology},
  volume={8 2},
Several studies report that altitude reduces birth weight. However, much remains unknown about effects in various altitude ranges and about the heterogeneity in altitude effects by fetal health endowments. This study estimates the effects of altitude in South America on the means and quantiles of birth weight and gestational age separately for two large samples born at altitude ranges of 5 to 1,280 m and 1,854 to 3,600 m. The study finds significant negative altitude effects on birth weight and… CONTINUE READING