Seminario: “More hospital choices, more c-sections: Evidence from Chile” (joint with Eugenio Giolito)

Presenta: Ramiro de Elejalde (Universidad Alberto Hurtado) Lugar y hora: Miércoles 18 de Octubre de 2017, 13:00 hrs. Sala P 301, Edificio Placa (Diagonal Paraguay 257)
We study the effect of an increase in the hospital choice set on cesarean rates in Chile. Using data on hospital discharges and births, we exploit a policy change that decreased the cost of delivery in a private hospital for women with public health insurance. The identification strategy relies on the eligibility requirements to access this benefit: eligible women must expect a single child and have a pregnancy of 37 weeks or more. Using these rules, we construct a control group, women expecting multiple children or giving birth at a gestational age of 36 weeks or less, not affected by the policy. Then using a DID identification strategy we estimate the effect on being born on a weekend, gestational age and whether a doctor performs a delivery (proxies for cesarean section), birth weight, and birth height. We find evidence that, after the policy, women in the treatment group are more likely to have a cesarean section and a negative effect on birth weight.

Datos del Evento

Fecha de inicio:
18 de Octubre, 2017 | 13:00 hrs.

Fecha de término
18 de Octubre, 2017 | 14:00 hrs.