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Jane Greve

KORA, the Danish Institute for
Local and Regional Government Research
Købmagergade 22
DK-1150 København K
Denmark

E-Mail: JaGr@kora.dk
Institutional Affiliation: KORA - Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research

NBER Working Papers and Publications

September 2015Fetal Malnutrition And Academic Success: Evidence From Muslim Immigrants In Denmark
with Marie Louise Schultz-Nielsen, Erdal Tekin: w21545
This paper examines the impact of potential fetal malnutrition on the academic proficiency of Muslim students in Denmark. We account for the endogeneity of fetal malnutrition by using the exposure to the month of Ramadan during time in utero as a natural experiment, under the assumption that some Muslim women might have fasted during Ramadan when they were pregnant. In some of our specifications, we use a sample of students from predominantly non-Muslim countries as an additional control group to address potential seasonality in cognitive outcomes in a difference-in-differences framework. Our outcome measures are the standardized test scores from the national exams on the subjects of Danish, English, Math, and Science administered by the Danish Ministry of Education. Our results indicate ...

Published: Jane Greve & Marie Louise Schultz-Nielsen & Erdal Tekin, 2017. "Fetal malnutrition and academic success: Evidence from Muslim immigrants in Denmark," Economics of Education Review, vol 60, pages 20-35. citation courtesy of

 
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