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Maternal prenatal stress and birth weight

evidence from 2016 Gyeongju earthquake in South Korea

RYU, Hyunjung

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Abstract

A growing literature highlights that maternal prenatal stress has negative effects on birth outcomes, but the causal evidence is scarce. This study looks at the impact of the maternal prenatal stress caused by 2016 Gyeongju earthquake on birth weights. Using a difference-in-differences methodology, I find that in utero exposure to the earthquake significantly decreases the birth weights of children born in Gyeongju-si county. The negative effects are focused on those cohorts who were exposed during the third trimester of gestation and female infants. The findings are robust to use an alternative measure for earthquake intensity and the restricted sample, including only Gyeongsang-do region. These results provide the first evidence on the relationship between earthquake exposure and birth outcomes in Korea.

Advisors
Tabakis, Chrysostomos
Department
KDI School, Master of Development Policy
Issue Date
2019
Publisher
KDI School
Description
Thesis(Master) --KDI School:Master of Development Policy,2019
Keywords
Pregnancy--Psychological aspects--Korea (South); Childbirth--Korea (South)
Contents
1 Introduction

2 Background

3 Data and Methodology

4 Results

5 Robustness

6 Discussion

7 Conclusion
Pages
39 p.
URI
https://archives.kdischool.ac.kr/handle/11125/34187
Type
Thesis
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