Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11851/11076
Title: Exposure to Economic Distress during Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes
Authors: Akbulut-Yüksel, Mevlüde
Cilasun, Seyit Mumin
Tekin, Erdal
Turan, Belgi
Keywords: Infant health
Childhood environment
Economic crisis
I14
I15
J13
Prenatal Maternal Stress
Health
Weight
Impact
Child
Care
Nutrition
Mortality
Growth
Shocks
Publisher: Springer
Abstract: This paper uses the severe economic crisis in Turkey in 2008-2009 as a quasi-experiment to evaluate the impact of worsening economic conditions during pregnancy on birthweight. Using birth history data from the 2008 and 2013 waves of the Demographic Health Surveys, we find that the economic crisis resulted in decreased birthweight in Turkey, especially impacting infants born to mothers with lower educational levels. Furthermore, a procyclical relationship exists between provincial income levels and the birthweight of infants born to mothers with lower levels of education. However, this relationship is only statistically significant during the crisis period. These results highlights how economic constraints on mothers with lower socio-economic status during economic crises can negatively affect birth outcomes. Furthermore, we examine shifts in fertility behavior and find a decrease in childbirth rates during the crisis, particularly in economically disadvantaged provinces. In line with this decrease in fertility, we also observe a reduced propensity to seek an abortion during the crisis period. Overall, these findings underscore the importance of understanding how economic crises affect infant health and the need for targeted interventions to support vulnerable populations, as well as addressing underlying socio-economic disparities to mitigate their impact on infant well-being.
URI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12122-024-09354-z
https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11851/11076
ISSN: 0195-3613
1936-4768
Appears in Collections:Scopus İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / Scopus Indexed Publications Collection
WoS İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / WoS Indexed Publications Collection

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