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Minding the Shop: The Case of Obstetrics Conferences

Gans, Joshua S; Leigh, Andrew; Varganova, Elena


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.

CollectionsANU Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
Date published: 2007-05
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Access Rights: Open Access


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