Spillover Effects of Early-Life Medical Interventions

N. Meltem Daysal, Marianne Simonsen, Mircea Trandafir, Sanni Nørgaard Breining

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We investigate the spillover effects of early-life medical treatments on the siblings of treated children. We use a regression discontinuity design that exploits changes in medical treatments across the very low birth weight (VLBW) cutoff. Using administrative data from Denmark, we find that siblings of focal children who were slightly below the VLBW cutoff have higher 9th grade language and math test scores. Our results suggest that improved interactions within the family may be an important pathway behind the observed spillover effects.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages62
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

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