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March 09, 2009

03/12/09 talk by Lena Edlund: "Sex Ratios and Crime: Evidence from China"

Economic Development and Transition Seminar (EDTS) joint with Business Economics welcomes

Lena Edlund
Columbia University

“Sex Ratios and Crime: Evidence from China”

Thursday, March 12, 2009 12:00p.m.–1:30p.m.
3240 Weill Hall

Appointments with Professor Edlund are available, please contact Sharon Disney at sdisney@umich.edu

Refreshments will be served

Edlund's current research focuses on maternal conditions and child outcomes. One paper looks at male vulnerability in early life. While it is well known that males suffer higher mortality than females at all ages, particularly up until age one, it is less well known that males suffer more from poor maternal conditions; Edlund and colleagues document this phenomenon, studying perinatal and infant mortality in the United States. A second paper examines maternal malnutrition and long-term (adult) outcomes of offspring using the Chinese Great Leap Forward famine as a natural experiment. Maternal malnutrition remains a problem in many developing countries where pregnant and lactating women are high-risk groups for nutritional inadequacy. A third paper looks at cognitive effects of fetal low-level ionizing irradiation. Sweden received substantial radioactive fallout following the Chernobyl nuclear accident that took place in Ukraine in 1986. We find that Swedish children in utero at the time performed worse in their final year of compulsory school (at age 16) than their peers who were not exposed, and the damage was more severe for children born in areas that received more fallout. Doses to the Swedish population were such that the results are relevant for policy formulation relating to, e.g., radon exposure, medical procedures, radiation workers, and recommendations in the case of a terrorist attack involving a so-called dirty bomb.

The paper will be available at the seminar:

Co-sponsored by the International Policy Center (IPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Department of Economics, and the Ross School of Business

Posted by zzhu at March 9, 2009 09:48 PM