• AEA in the news
  • April 9, 2018

Atlanta Journal-Constitution features AER paper on maternal stress


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution featured a paper published in the April issue of the American Economic Review about how stress during pregnancy affects the health of a child later in life. Examining data on Swedish infants, Stanford University researchers Petra Persson and Maya Rossin-Slater found that kids whose moms experienced a death in the family during pregnancy were more likely to use prescription mental health drugs, such as ADHD medications. The impacts for some lasted well into adulthood. Persson and Rossin-Slater also recently spoke with the AEA about this paper. You can listen to that interview and read the highlights here.