The consequences and costs of maternal substance abuse in New York City. A pooled time-series, cross-section analysis

Theodore Joyce, Andrew D. Racine, Naci Mocan

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Abstract

We use a pooled time-series cross-section of live births in New York City between 1980 and 1989 to investigate the dramatic rise in low birthweight, especially among Blacks, that occurred in the mid 1980s. After controlling for other risk factors, we estimate that the number of excess low birthweight births attributable to illicit substance abuse over this period ranged from approximately 1,482 to 3,359. The increase represents between 3.2 and 7.3% of all LBW over the period resulting in excess neonatal admission costs of between $18 and $41 million.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-314
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Live Birth
Substance-Related Disorders
Mothers
Parturition
Costs and Cost Analysis
Costs
Low birth weight
Cross section
Substance abuse
Admission
Risk factors

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The consequences and costs of maternal substance abuse in New York City. A pooled time-series, cross-section analysis. / Joyce, Theodore; Racine, Andrew D.; Mocan, Naci.

In: Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 11, No. 3, 1992, p. 297-314.

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