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Bridging the gap for Roma: The effects of an ethnically targeted program on prenatal care and child health

Journal article
Authors Andreea Mitrut
S. Tudor
Published in Journal of Public Economics
Volume 165
Pages 114-132
ISSN 0047-2727
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 114-132
Language en
Keywords Roma, Program take-up, Health at birth, Information provision, birth-weight, outcomes, origins, run, Business & Economics
Subject categories Economics and Business


This study uses quasi-experimental variation from a public health program implemented in Romania that targeted Roma, Europe's largest and most disadvantaged ethnic minority. The program employed health mediators to increase the provision of information about already existing, free of charge health services available for children and pregnant women. We find that, in rural areas, the program led to large increases in prenatal care take-up rates but no improvements in children's health at birth. However, we find significant reductions in infant mortality caused by perinatal complications. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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