26 February 2018 - Carol Propper (Research on Monday)

Internet and Health Choices: Evidence from the UK

Speaker(s): Carol Propper (Imperial College London)

Date: Monday, 26 February 2018

Time: 12:00-13:00

Venue: room C1-2

Contact person(s): Teresa Bago d'Uva


We study the effect of internet diffusion on childbirth procedures performed in England between 2000 and 2011. Exploiting an identification strategy based on geographical discontinuities in internet diffusion generated by technological factors, we show that broadband internet access increased Caesarean-sections. The effect is driven by first-time mothers who are more likely to obtain an elective C-section. The increased C-section rate is not accompanied by changes in health care outcomes of mothers and newborns.