22 Nov 2023 12:15

Rong Fu - In Utero Exposure to Radiation Fear and Birth Outcomes

Meeting Room 1, San Giobbe Economics Campus + online

Rong Fu (Waseda University)

In Utero Exposure to Radiation Fear and Birth Outcomes: Evidence from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident

Abstract: We studied the impact of in utero radiation fear exposure on fetal health at birth and five years later, using universal birth records linked to censuses in Japan. We leveraged a quasi-experimental setting, where children were unexpectedly exposed to maternal radiation fear from the Fukushima accident. Radiation fear significantly increased the risks of low birth weight and preterm delivery. Exposure to radiation fear in the first trimester had the largest impact. The impact was less profound if mothers were well-educated or fathers were in professional occupations. These findings enhance the understanding of effects of maternal stress caused by intangible risks.

The seminar can be attended also remotely, connecting to ZOOM.
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ID riunione: 833 1615 8636
Passcode: In-Sem23


L'evento si terrà in inglese


Department of Economics (InSeminars)


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