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The Effect of Poverty on the Health of Newborn Children - Evidence from Germany

This paper analyses the association between health outcomes of newborn children and mother?s poverty status during pregnancy.We use a new questionnaire accompanying the GSOEP which collects abundant information on health outcomes. The findings indicate that there is generally no effect from poverty to health, except on the probability of preterm birth. Furthermore,we find some indication of intergenerational transmission of health status.


ISBN: 978-3-936454-53-1

ISSN: 1612-3565

JEL-Klassifikation: J13 I39 I12

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