The effect of prenatal exposure to radiation on birth outcomes: exploiting a natural experiment in Taiwan

Meng Wen Tsou, Jin Tan Liu, James K. Hammitt, Chyi Horng Lu, Szu Yu Zoe Kao

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摘要

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.

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頁(從 - 到)379-403
頁數25
期刊Japanese Economic Review
71
發行號3
DOIs
出版狀態已出版 - 1 7月 2020

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