Vés enrere CRES-Seminar Paola Bertoli

CRES-Seminar Paola Bertoli

Birth in Hard Times: When Your Network Can Keep You Up or Drag You Down

  • Date: May, 3rd At 12:00
  • Room: 24.013 (Ciutadella Campus, Mercè Rodoreda Building. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)


Abstract: We assess the impact of the 2007/08 Great Recession on birth outcomes for immigrants using data at the patient level from Italy. Exploiting price variations of commercial estates (i.e. stores), we capture the dynamic spread of the recession through a difference in differences strategy. After showing that the crisis deteriorates newborn health, we provide evidence that this effect is driven by the ethnic community of immigrant mothers that turns out to play a lock-in role job-wise. Specifically, the observed effect is driven by immigrants facing high ethnic density contexts (i.e. one dominant group), residing far from immigrants associations, or in municipalities were the number of immigrants associations is low. The negative effect is also reinforced when the ethnic group to which the mother belongs is mainly employed in sectors most affected by the crisis and when women in the ethnic group of the mother are more overqualified for the work they are actually doing. Finally, we rule out other possible explanation for the deterioration of birth outcomes such as a selection effect among immigrant mothers triggered by the recession.


Bio: Paola is an economist and her research interests mainly focus on Health Economics  and the Economic Analysis of Law. In 2014, she's received my PhD from the University of Bologna and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Economics in Prague. Previously, she's been a research associate at the University of Verona. More info here



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