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Jane Greve

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit
Sölvgade 10, 2. tv.
1307 Copenhagen K
Denmark

E-Mail: jg@rff.dk
Institutional Affiliation: Rockwool Research Foundation

NBER Working Papers and Publications

December 2014Labor Market Effects of Intrauterine Exposure to Nutritional Deficiency: Evidence from Administrative Data on Muslim Immigrants in Denmark
with Marie Louise Schultz-Nielsen, Erdal Tekin: w20723
This paper examines whether nutritional disruptions experienced during the stage of fetal development impair an individual’s labor market productivity later in life. We consider intrauterine exposure to the month of Ramadan as a natural experiment that might cause shocks to the inflow of nutrients essential for fetal development. Specifically, we use administrative data from Denmark to investigate the impact of exposure to Ramadan in utero on labor market outcomes of adult Muslim males, including employment status, annual salary, hourly wage rate, and hours of work. Our findings indicate that potential exposure to nutritional disruptions during a critical stage of fetal development has scarring effects on the fetus expressed as poor labor market outcomes later in life. Specifically, exposu...

Published: Marie Louise Schultz-Nielsen & Erdal Tekin & Jane Greve, 2016. "Labor market effects of intrauterine exposure to nutritional deficiency: Evidence from administrative data on Muslim immigrants in Denmark," Economics & Human Biology, vol 21, pages 196-209. citation courtesy of

 
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