Early-Life Access to a Basic Health Care Program and Adult Outcomes in Indonesia

72 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2018

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Md Nazmul Ahsan

Saint Louis University - Department of Economics

Rakesh Banerjee

Rice University

Riddhi Maharaj

Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira

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Date Written: September 1, 2018

Abstract

Access to primary care during early-life can have substantial benefits in developing countries. We evaluate the long-run impact of the Village Midwife Program in Indonesia. We utilize the rollout-variation of the program and link individual background and community characteristics in early childhood to adult outcomes in the Indonesian Family Life Survey. Rejecting pre-trends in the data, we find that the presence of a midwife in a community in utero leads to an improvement in overall health, cognition, and income among men, but not for women. Greater receipt of antenatal care and skilled birth-attendance could in part drive our results.

Keywords: Primary Care, Midwife, Early Life, Adult Human Capital, Flynn Effect

JEL Classification: I15, I18, J13, O15

Suggested Citation

Ahsan, Md Nazmul and Banerjee, Rakesh and Maharaj, Riddhi, Early-Life Access to a Basic Health Care Program and Adult Outcomes in Indonesia (September 1, 2018). USC-INET Research Paper No. 18-16, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3264822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3264822

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