IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Maternal age and infant health

09 March 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Newborn baby in mum's big hand. Photo by Irina / Adobe Stock.

In this webinar, Cristina Borra will discuss the health of children born to older mothers.

This event is free.

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Jenny Chanfreau

Age at birth has been increasing for the past several decades in many countries. 

Professor Bora will talk about a study comparing the health at birth of children from women who were born in January versus the previous December. To identify causal effects, the authors of the study exploit school entry cut-offs and the empirical finding that women who are older for their cohort in school tend to give birth later.

In Spain, children born in December start school a year earlier than those born the following January, despite being essentially the same age. Results show that January-born women finish school later, and are (several months) older when they marry and have their first child, who is more likely to have very low birthweight. 

The authors interpret the results as suggestive of a causal effect of maternal age on infant health, concentrated in the left tail of the birthweight distribution, with older mothers more likely to give birth to (very) premature babies.

This is a joint work with Libertad González and David Patiño.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in quantitative social science, infant health and maternal age.

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About the Speaker

Professor Cristina Borra

Professor of Microeconomics and Labour Economics at University of Seville

Cristina is also a Research Fellow at Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) and has held visiting positions at the Centre for Time Use Research, University of Oxford, and at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests are in labour, population, and health economics, with a special focus in child development. Her work has been published in the Journal of the European Economic Association, Oxford Economic Papers, Economic Inquiry, and Labour Economics, among others.