Bachelorseminar Statistik und Ökonometrie SoSe 2024


Beginn des Seminars: 29.04.2024  (10:00 – 12:00)
Abgabe des Exposés: 04.06.2024
Präsentation des Exposés: 07.06.2024
Beginn der Bachelorarbeit: 14.06.2024
Abgabe der Bachelorarbeit: 09.08.2024


Themen und Erwartungshorizont:

The Fetal Origins Hypothesis proposes that conditions in early life (during pregnancy) might have important implications for later-life outcomes. Economists have expanded on this hypothesis, investigating the impacts of a broader range of maternal factors such as behaviors during pregnancy and socio-demographic characteristics on child health. In this bachelor seminar, we delve into the determinants such as prenatal care, pre-pregnancy BMI, maternal age, and education, which potentially influence birth outcomes. Quantile regression will be employed to analyze this association across the different spectrums of the standard measurement of infant health, including birth weight, gestational length, and Apgar scores. This method allows for a more comprehensive understanding of the potential effects, along the entire distribution of outcomes, going beyond the traditional mean-based approaches such as OLS. Participants in the seminar will be provided with the unique opportunity to enhance quantitative research skills while contributing to the exploration of the complex dynamics that shape the health outcomes of newborns. The following questions will be addressed:

  • Why do economists have continued interest in research on Fetal Origin Hypothesis?
  • Which mechanisms could underline the link between maternal factors and birth outcomes?
  • What are the challenges in proving causality when investigating the relationship between maternal factors and child outcomes?
  • How advantageous is Quantile Regression compared to the OLS approach?



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Raum 01-414 Johannes-v.-Müller-Weg 2 (Bürocontainer hinter dem ReWi alt)

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