Avoiding selection bias without random assignment? The effect of breastfeeding on cognitive outcomes in China

Avoiding selection bias without random assignment? The effect of breastfeeding on cognitive... ObjectivesRecent studies suggest that some of the health benefits traditionally attributed to breastfeeding may be overstated due to selection bias problems, since typically breastfeeding is more prevalent in more resourceful households. In this paper we argue that an important antidote against selection bias consists in analyzing data from contexts in which breastfeeding is not normativised, or where it is not systematically associated to socioeconomic advantage and best parenting practices. We estimate the effect of breastfeeding on the cognitive outcomes of Chinese children. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Science & Medicine Elsevier

Avoiding selection bias without random assignment? The effect of breastfeeding on cognitive outcomes in China

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd
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0277-9536
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10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.10.015
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Abstract

ObjectivesRecent studies suggest that some of the health benefits traditionally attributed to breastfeeding may be overstated due to selection bias problems, since typically breastfeeding is more prevalent in more resourceful households. In this paper we argue that an important antidote against selection bias consists in analyzing data from contexts in which breastfeeding is not normativised, or where it is not systematically associated to socioeconomic advantage and best parenting practices. We estimate the effect of breastfeeding on the cognitive outcomes of Chinese children.

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Social Science & MedicineElsevier

Published: Dec 1, 2017

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