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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Announcement effects of health policy reforms : evidence from the abolition of Austria’s baby bonus
Authors: Brunner, Beatrice
Kuhn, Andreas
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-3330
Published in: The European Journal of Health Economics
Volume(Issue): 15
Issue: 4
Pages: 373
Pages to: 388
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
ISSN: 1618-7598
Language: English
Subjects: Baby bonus; Scheduling of conception; Timing of birth; Policy announcement; Announcement effect; Birth complication; Medical intervention
Subject (DDC): 362: Health and social services
Abstract: We analyze the short-run fertility and health effects resulting from the early announcement of the abolition of the Austrian baby bonus in January 1997. The abolition of the benefit was publicly announced about 10 months in advance, creating the opportunity for prospective parents to (re-)schedule conceptions accordingly. We find robust evidence that, within the month before the abolition, about 8 % more children were born as a result of (re-)scheduling conceptions. At the same time, there is no evidence that mothers deliberately manipulated the date of birth through medical intervention. We also find a substantial and significant increase in the fraction of birth complications, but no evidence for any resulting adverse effects on newborns' health.
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Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Restricted until: 2019-05-31
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Winterthur Institute of Health Economics (WIG)
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