The effects of prenatal exposure to temperature extremes on birth outcomes / Xi Chen (Yale University and IZA), Chih Ming Tan (University of North Dakota), Xiaobo Zhang (Peking University and IFPRI), Xin Zhang (Beijing Normal University) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserChen, Xi ; Tan, Chih Ming ; Zhang, Xiaobo ; Zhang, Xin
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, January 2020
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12917
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This paper investigates the effects of prenatal exposure to extreme temperatures on birth outcomes - specifically, the log of birth weight and an indicator for low birth weight - using a nationally representative dataset in rural China. During the span of our data (i.e., 1991-2000), indoor air-conditioning was not widely available and migration was limited, allowing us to address identification issues endemic in the climate change literature related to adaptation and location sorting. We find substantial heterogeneity in the effects of extreme temperature exposure on birth outcomes. In particular, prenatal exposure to heat waves has stronger negative effects than exposure to cold spells on survivors.