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I4R Discussion Paper Series #33


Mara Barschkett (DIW Berlin, Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung (BIB), Freie Universität Berlin), Mathias Huebener (Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung (BIB)), Andreas Leibing (DIW Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin), Jan Marcus (Freie Universität Berlin), Shushanik Margaryan Potsdam University

Replication of Atwood's (2022) "The Long-Term Effects of Measles Vaccination on Earnings and Employment"

Atwood (2022) analyzes the effects of the 1963 U.S. measles vaccination on longrun labor market outcomes, using a generalized difference-in-differences approach. We reproduce the results of this paper and perform a battery of robustness checks. Overall, we confirm that the measles vaccination had positive labor market effects. While the negative effect on the likelihood of living in poverty and the positive effect on the probability of being employed are very robust across the different specifications, the headline estimate—the effect on earnings—is more sensitive to the exclusion of certain regions and survey years.