Early-Life Access to a Basic Health Care Program and Adult Outcomes in Indonesia
43 Pages Posted: 14 May 2020
Date Written: May 12, 2020
Access to primary care during early life can have substantial benefits in developing countries. This study evaluates the long-run impact of the Village Midwife Program in Indonesia. It utilizes the roll-out-variation of the program and link individual background and community characteristics in early childhood to adult outcomes in the Indonesian Family Life Survey. It finds that the presence of a midwife in a community in utero leads to an improvement in overall health, cognition, and economic outcomes among men, but not for women. Greater receipt of antenatal care and skilled birth-attendance could, in part, drive these results.
Keywords: Health Care Services Industry, Labor Markets, Reproductive Health, Educational Sciences
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