Evaluating the long-term impact of increased health expenditures at birth for at-risk children: A regression discontinuity approach

The main aim of this study is to assess whether higher health care expenditures incurred at birth for very vulnerable newborns have important long-term benefits. We seek to estimate the long term impact of increased medical attention at birth by comparing outcomes among individuals on each side of important thresholds in standard infant health measurements and assessments which determine assignment to increased medical care (such as a particular birth weight determining Low Birth Weight (LBW) or Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) classifications). Comparing individuals just below or above the threshold ensures that our ‘treatment’ and ‘control’ groups do not differ substantially in initial conditions or across unobservable determinants of our outcomes of interest.

Contact: Kevin Schnepel, University of Sydney

Email: kevin.schnepel@sydney.edu.au

Phone: 0481 455 699