Public Health Policy At Scale: Impact of a Government-sponsored Information Campaign on Infant Mortality in Denmark
SeriesHealth Economics Seminars
Speaker(s)Onur Altindag (Bentley University, United States)
Date and time
June 01, 2021
15:00 - 16:00
We evaluate the impact of a nationwide public health intervention on deaths from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), using population data from Denmark in a regression discontinuity research design. The information campaign–implemented primarily through a universal nurse home visiting program–reduced infant mortality by 17.6 percent and saved between 11.5-14.5 lives over 10,000 births. The estimated effect sizes are 11-14 times larger among low birthweight and preterm infants relative to the overall population. Improvement in infant mortality is concentrated among those with lower socio-economic status and with limited access to health information, thereby reducing health inequities at birth in Denmark.
Meeting ID: 971 1952 7116