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The effect of breastfeeding on educational – and labour market success

Grundsten, Ronja LU (2017) NEKN06 20172
Department of Economics
Abstract
Does being breastfed as a baby lead to better achievements in education and on the labour market as an adolescent and adult? Investing money on interventions promoting and sustaining breastfeeding might lead to more human capital and be an economic gain in the long-run. Breastfeeding has many health-related benefits for both mother and child, nevertheless breast milk all too often gets substituted for infant formula. This study compares long-run outcomes within education and the labour market of individuals that were breastfed to their peers that were not breastfed, using propensity score matching on American longitudinal data. Having been breastfed has a positive impact on some educational outcomes but the benefits do not extend on to the... (More)
Does being breastfed as a baby lead to better achievements in education and on the labour market as an adolescent and adult? Investing money on interventions promoting and sustaining breastfeeding might lead to more human capital and be an economic gain in the long-run. Breastfeeding has many health-related benefits for both mother and child, nevertheless breast milk all too often gets substituted for infant formula. This study compares long-run outcomes within education and the labour market of individuals that were breastfed to their peers that were not breastfed, using propensity score matching on American longitudinal data. Having been breastfed has a positive impact on some educational outcomes but the benefits do not extend on to the labour market. (Less)
Abstract (Swedish)
Presterar barn som blivit ammade bättre inom utbildning och arbetsmarknad som ungdomar och vuxna? Investeringar i insatser som främjar och stödjer amning kan leda till mer humankapital på lång sikt. Amning har många hälsorelaterade fördelar för både mamma och barn, trots detta byts bröstmjölk allt för ofta ut mot modersmjölksersättning. Denna studie jämför långsiktiga prestationer inom utbildning och arbetsmarknad av individer som blev ammade med jämlika som inte blev ammade genom propensity score matchning på amerikanska paneldata. Att ha blivit ammad har positiva effekter på vissa moment inom utbildning men fördelarna sträcker sig inte så långt som till arbetsmarknaden.
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author
Grundsten, Ronja LU
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organization
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NEKN06 20172
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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keywords
Breastfeeding Propensity score matching Health economics Education Earnings
language
English
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8928129
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2017-11-06 09:33:53
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  abstract     = {Does being breastfed as a baby lead to better achievements in education and on the labour market as an adolescent and adult? Investing money on interventions promoting and sustaining breastfeeding might lead to more human capital and be an economic gain in the long-run. Breastfeeding has many health-related benefits for both mother and child, nevertheless breast milk all too often gets substituted for infant formula. This study compares long-run outcomes within education and the labour market of individuals that were breastfed to their peers that were not breastfed, using propensity score matching on American longitudinal data. Having been breastfed has a positive impact on some educational outcomes but the benefits do not extend on to the labour market.},
  author       = {Grundsten, Ronja},
  keyword      = {Breastfeeding Propensity score matching Health economics Education Earnings},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The effect of breastfeeding on educational – and labour market success},
  year         = {2017},
}