Saving Babies? Revisiting the Effect of Very Low Birth Weight Classification

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Saving Babies? Revisiting the Effect of Very Low Birth Weight Classification

AUTHORS
Barreca, Alan, Melanie Guldi, Jason Lindo, & Glen Waddell

STATUS
Quarterly Journal of Economics | 2011 | 126(4): 2117-2123

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ABSTRACT
We reconsider the effect of very low birth weight classification on infant mortality. We demonstrate that the estimates are highly sensitive to the exclusion of observations in the immediate vicinity of the 1,500-g threshold, weakening the confidence in the results originally reported in Almond, Doyle, Kowalski, and Williams (2010).