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Economic conditions and the health of newborns: Evidence from comprehensive register data

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Economic conditions and the health of newborns : Evidence from comprehensive register data. / van den Berg, Gerard J.; Paul, Alexander; Reinhold, Steffen.

In: Labour Economics, Vol. 63, 101795, 04.2020.

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van den Berg, Gerard J., Alexander Paul and Steffen Reinhold. "Economic conditions and the health of newborns: Evidence from comprehensive register data". Labour Economics. 2020. 63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2020.101795

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van den Berg, Gerard J. ; Paul, Alexander ; Reinhold, Steffen. / Economic conditions and the health of newborns : Evidence from comprehensive register data. In: Labour Economics. 2020 ; Vol. 63.

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