Three Essays in Health and Labor Economics

Three Essays in Health and Labor Economics

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The dissertation examines empirical issues related to health and labor economics. It has long been debated whether breastfeeding leads to a higher intelligence quotient (IQ) and greater scholastic achievement. The first study empirically examines the issue. Many past studies fail to take into account the possible endogeneity of the breastfeeding decision and thus falsely identify the correlation between breastfeeding and IQ as a causal relationship. We attempt to distinguish the causation and correlation between the two variables. Our results show that, after controlling for possible endogeneity, breastfeeding has no significant impact on IQ or scholastic achievement.We study the relationship between breastfeeding or duration of breastfeeding and risk of childhood obesity. ... He studied the impact of providing informal care on employment decisions. ... The purpose of their study is to determine if breastfeeding leads to a better health outcome for children and if it further reduces theanbsp;...

Title:Three Essays in Health and Labor Economics
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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