School of Economics Seminar Speaker Series Presents: Onur Altindag from Bentley University
Join us Friday, Oct. 15 at 2 pm for the first event in our Fall 2021 Seminar Speaker Series!
Onur Altindag, assistant professor of economics at Bentley University, will present "Public Health Policy At Scale: Impact of a Government-sponsored Information Campaign on Infant Mortality in Denmark."
This is an online-only event. Join us at this Bluejeans link: https://bluejeans.com/931634470/1822.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and anyone with an interest in the topic are welcome to attend!
We evaluate the impact of a nationwide public health intervention on deaths from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), using population data from Denmark in a regression discontinuity research design. The information campaign–implemented primarily through a universal nurse home visiting program–reduced infant mortality by 17.6 percent and saved between 11.5-14.5 lives over 10,000 births. The estimated effect sizes are 11-14 times larger among low birthweight and preterm infants relative to the overall population. Improvement in infant mortality is concentrated among those with lower socio-economic status and with limited access to health information, thereby reducing health inequities at birth in Denmark.
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