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13:00 - 14:00 7 November 2016

All Gone Belly Up. Immigration and Child Birth in the UK


Drayton 321 | Drayton House (link Map)
30 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AN | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Jonathan Wadsworth, Royal Holloway University of London, CEP, CReAM and IZA

Despite being almost 50% more expensive as a planned vaginal birth, the incidence of caesarean section (CS) births in the UK has grown from around 10% to 25% of all births over the last 20 years. Popular media see a role for immigrants in this and associated increased pressure on publicly provided services. We first present a model of planned and emergency CS that has a role for shift factors which could include immigration status of both patient and clinicians. We then look to establish whether there is any evidence of a causal link between rising immigration and rising incidence of Caesarean Section.


Economics Reception