University of California at Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Institutional Affiliation: University of California at Santa Barbara
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|June 2020||Holiday, Just One Day Out of Life: Birth Timing and Post-natal Outcomes|
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Fewer births occur on major US holidays than would otherwise be expected. We use California data to study the nature and health implications of this birth date manipulation. We document 18% fewer births on the day of and just after a holiday. Cesarean sections account for roughly half of the decline. Using insights from the tax bunching and test score manipulation literature, we show that “missing” holiday births are displaced to a window of time 11 days before the holiday through 16 days after the holiday. Delivery type does not change over this window, consistent with a pure retiming of births rather than an increase in the use of procedures such as cesarean sections. Despite the change in timing, we find little evidence of any adverse health consequences for babies born around a holiday...