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Rodrigo Soares, Columbia University

November 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

Does Universalization of Health Work? Evidence from Health Systems Restructuring and Maternal and Child Health in Brazil

Abstract: We investigate restructuring of the health system in Brazil motivated to operationalize universal health coverage. Using administrative data from multiple sources and an event study approach that exploits the staggered rollout of programmatic changes across municipalities, we find large reductions in maternal, foetal, neonatal and postneonatal mortality, and fertility. We document increased prenatal care visits, hospital births and other maternal and child hospitalization, which suggest that the survival gains were supply-driven. We find no improvement in the quality of births, which may be explained by endogenous shifts in the composition of births towards higher-risk births.

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Date:
November 1, 2017
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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CCPR Seminar Room
4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

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CCPR Seminars
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