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ERIC Number: ED529781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Fasting during Pregnancy and Children's Academic Performance. CEE DP 134
Almond, Douglas; Mazumder, Bhashkar; van Ewijk, Reyn
Centre for the Economics of Education (NJ1)
We consider the effects of daytime fasting by pregnant women during the lunar month of Ramadan on their children's test scores at age seven. Using English register data, we find that scores are 0.05 to 0.08 standard deviations lower for Pakistani and Bangladeshi students exposed to Ramadan in early pregnancy. These estimates are downward biased to the extent that Ramadan is not universally observed. We conclude that the effects of prenatal investments on test scores are comparable to many conventional educational interventions but are likely to be more cost effective and less subject to "fade out". (Contains 3 tables, 6 figures and 17 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: London School of Economics & Political Science, Centre for the Economics of Education
Identifiers: England