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Type Working Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title The benefits of intervention: birth weights in Basle 1912-1920
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  • Joel Floris
  • Kaspar Staub
  • Ulrich Woitek
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Series Name Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number 236
ISSN 1664-7041
Number of Pages 36
Date 2016
Abstract Text To assess the impact of interventions on well-being during war time, we analyze data from the birth records at the university maternity hospital of Basle in the period 1912-1920. Birth weight of children from medium SEP families decreased during the crisis years 1918 and 1919, but not for low and high SEP families. A potential explanation is access to food: while high SEP families could compensate for high prices, low SEP families received support, for which medium SEP families were not eligible.
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Keywords Birth weight, World War 1, Switzerland, Geburtsgewicht, soziale Unterstützung, Wohlstand, Weltkrieg 1914-1918, Schweiz