Research on Monday Rotterdam

Carol Propper (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
Monday, 26 February 2018

Abstract: We study the effect of internet diffusion on childbirth procedures performed in England between 2000 and 2011. Exploiting an identification strategy based on geographical discontinuities in internet diffusion generated by technological factors, we show that broadband internet access increased Caesarean-sections. The effect is driven by first-time mothers who are more likely to obtain an elective C-section. The increased C-section rate is not accompanied by changes in health care outcomes of mothers and newborns.