Next Wednesday lunchtime, I’ll be presenting in the CRPSM lunchtime seminar series at the University of Canberra. Please come if you’re in the area.
Date: Wed 29 Nov
Venue: Room 6c35, Building 6Â (one floor up from the usual room, apparently)
Topic: Choosing Birthdays (joint research with Joshua Gans, Melbourne University)
Advances in birth technology have given doctors and parents an increasing ability to shift children’s birth dates. Using three decades of daily births data, we test to see what factors affect the timing of births. Were more babies born on the Millennium? Do parents avoid inauspicious birthdates? Does the lunar cycle affect births? Why are weekend births less common now than in the past? Did the introduction of the Baby Bonus affect births? Does the birth rate decline when obstetricians hold their annual conference? And when doctors and patients disagree about birth timing, who wins?
Having written quite a bit on births lately, it’s probably now time for me toÂ admit that my wife is expecting our first child in February. Who said economics research was useless?