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Born on the First of July: An (Un)natural Experiment in Birth Timing

Gans, Joshua S; Leigh, Andrew


It is well understood that government policies can distort behaviour. But what is less often recognized is the anticipated introduction of a policy can introduce its own distortions. We study one such “introduction effect”, using evidence from a unique policy change in Australia. In 2004, the Australian government announced that children born on or after July 1, 2004 would receive a $3000 “Baby Bonus.” Although the policy was only announced a few months before its introduction, parents appear...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006-07
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: Journal of Public Economics
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2008.07.004


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