Discharge on the day of birth, parental response and health and schooling outcomes

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Exploiting the Danish roll-out of same-day discharge policies after uncomplicated births, we find that treated newborns have a higher probability of hospital readmission in the first month after birth. While these short-run effects may indicate substitution of hospital stays with readmissions, we also find that—in the longer run—a same-day discharge decreases children's 9th grade GPA. This effect is driven by children and mothers, who prior to the policy change would have been least likely to experience a same-day discharge. Using administrative and survey data to assess potential mechanisms, we show that a same-day discharge impacts those parents’ health investments and their children's medium-run health. Our findings point to important negative effects of policies that expand same-day discharge policies to broad populations of mothers and children.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Pages (from-to)121-138
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Early investments, Long-run health, Parental response, Postpartum hospital stay, Schooling outcomes

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