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IFS/STICERD/UCL Development Economics Work In Progress Seminar Series

Long-Run Impacts of In-Utero Ramadan Exposure: Evidence from Administrative Tax Records

Mazhar Waseem (Manchester, IFS)

Thursday 21 October 2021 12:30 - 17:00

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About this event

Using Ramadan fasting as a natural experiment, we estimate the long-run impacts of health and nutrition shocks experienced during pregnancy on adult outcomes. We exploit administrative tax return data comprising the universe of income tax returns filed in Pakistan during 2007–2009. The data allow us to link in-utero Ramadan exposure of individuals with their later life labor market outcomes. We find robust negative effect of Ramadan exposure on earnings (a lower-bound estimate of around 2–3 percent). The exposed individuals are also less likely to be in high-skilled occupations and less likely to be in the top of the income distribution. Using nationally representative survey data we show that our results are unlikely to be driven by selective timing of conception or birth seasonality.

This seminar series is jointly organized by the IFS, STICERD, and UCL.

IFS/STICERD/UCL Development Economics Work In Progress seminars are held on Thursdays in term time at 13:00-14:00, ONLINE, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar organisers: Oriana Bandiera (STICERD, LSE), Imran Rasul (UCL), Britta Augsburg (IFS) and Jonathan Weigel (LSE).

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This event will take place online.