Three Essays in Health and Labor Economics

Three Essays in Health and Labor Economics

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The dissertation examines empirical issues related to health and labor economics. It has long been debated whether breastfeeding leads to a higher intelligence quotient (IQ) and greater scholastic achievement. The first study empirically examines the issue. Many past studies fail to take into account the possible endogeneity of the breastfeeding decision and thus falsely identify the correlation between breastfeeding and IQ as a causal relationship. We attempt to distinguish the causation and correlation between the two variables. Our results show that, after controlling for possible endogeneity, breastfeeding has no significant impact on IQ or scholastic achievement.The increasing incidence of childhood obesity has garnered significant attention from researchers, policy makers, and concerned parents. Obesity is an energy imbalance problem. There are genetic factors that play a role in the onset ofanbsp;...

Title:Three Essays in Health and Labor Economics
Author: Bhavneet Walia
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008

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