Tsou, Meng-Wen, Liu, Jin-Tan, Hammitt, James K., Lu, Chyi-Horng and Kao, Szu-Yu Zoe (2020) The effect of prenatal exposure to radiation on birth outcomes: exploiting a natural experiment in Taiwan. The Japanese Economic Review, 71 (3). 379 - 403.

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We estimate the effect of prenatal exposure to radiation on infant health. By exploiting the 1983 Taiwanese radiation‐contaminated buildings accident as a natural experiment, we compare birth outcomes between siblings and cousins exposed to different radiation levels. Given the 1983 accident was unanticipated and exposed cohorts were unaware of the risk until 1992, our design isolates the effect of radiation exposure during pregnancy from other effects. We provide the first evidence that prenatal exposure to a continuous low‐level dose of radiation significantly reduces gestational length and increases the probabilities of prematurity and low birth weight.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: July 2020
Refereed: Yes
Place of Publication: Oxford
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2020 11:24
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2021 14:01
OAI Identifier: oai:tse-fr.eu:123118
URI: https://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/32563

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