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Estimating the Effect of Prenatal Care on Birth Outcomes

  • Emiliano SironiEmail author
  • Massimo Cannas
  • Francesco Mola
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization book series (STUDIES CLASS)

Abstract

Using data from official hospital abstracts on deliveries occurred in Sardinia during the years 2010 and 2011, we implemented an Augmented Inverse Probability Weighted (AIPW) model in order to study the effect of increased prenatal care during pregnancy on birth outcomes. Results showed that moderate levels of prenatal care, as measured by the number of sonograms, increase the Apgar score of the infant, while a higher number of sonograms does not have any additional marginal effect on the outcome.

Keywords

Childbirth outcomes Treatment Effect IPW and AIPW models 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Regione Autonoma della Sardegna for providing the anonymized data used in the analysis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emiliano Sironi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Massimo Cannas
    • 2
  • Francesco Mola
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze StatisticheUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche ed AziendaliUniversità di CagliariCagliariItaly

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