Jonas Lau-Jensen Hirani forsvarer sin ph.d.-afhandling

Jonas Lau-Jensen Hirani  forsvarer sin ph.d.-afhandling "Universal Child Policies, Child Development and Parental Behavior"


Jonas Lau-Jensen Hirani


"Universal Child Policies, Child Development and Parental Behavior"Tid og sted

18. maj 2020 kl. 13:00. Link til at logge på overværelse af forsvaret følger her:


  • Lektor Casper Worm Hansen, Økonomisk Institut, Københavns Universitet, Danmark (formand)
  • Professor Aline Bütikofer, Norwegian School of Economics, Norge
  • Professor Emma Tominey, University of York, UK


This dissertation consists of four self-contained chapters. Each chapter can be read independently but jointly they contribute to the understanding of the interactions between parental behavior and public policies in shaping child development. Chapter 1 studies one of the first universal child policies in Denmark, which was a family planning program introduced in 1939 as a political response to decades of declining fertility and widespread use of illegal abortions. The results show that access to family planning increased non-marital fertility while marital fertility was unaffected. Chapter 2 investigates the contemporary nurse home visiting program for infants in Denmark. Using a national nurse strike in 2008, the chapter studies how the timing of nurse visits impacts child and maternal health. The findings show that earlier nurse visits are relatively more influential for child and maternal health. Chapter 3 studies parental responses to vaccination reminder letters in the Danish Childhood Vaccination Program. While reminder letters positively affect adherence, 72 % of non-adherent parents are non-responsive to reminders. This finding indicates that reluctance, and not inattention, is the leading cause for non-adherence in this setting. Chapter 4 explores the interaction between the nurse home visiting program and other preventive care programs for infants in Denmark. Specifically, the chapter studies if nurses during home visits encourage parental health investments measured as take-up of vaccinations and GP health checks. The chapter provides evidence that parents are more likely to receive timely vaccinations if they receive a nurse visit at the recommended age for vaccinations indicating that nurses encourage timely take-up of vaccines.

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