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Minding the Shop: The Case of Obstetrics Conferences

CollectionsANU Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
Title: Minding the Shop: The Case of Obstetrics Conferences
Author(s): Gans, Joshua S
Leigh, Andrew
Varganova, Elena
Keywords: timing of births
medical care
conference scheduling
Date published: May-2007
Publisher: Canberra, ACT: Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University
Series/Report no.: Discussion Paper no.551
We estimate the impact of annual obstetricians and gynecologists’ conferences on births in Australia and the United States. In both countries, the number of births drops by 1 to 4 percent during the days on which these conferences are held. We argue that for this reason professional obstetrics societies should reconsider the timing of their annual conferences to accommodate the lowest natural birth rate in the year.
ISBN: 1 921262 22 2
ISSN: 1442-8636


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