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Advanced Medical Care for At-Risk Newborns Nets Economic Benefits

Douglas Almond, Joseph J. Doyle, Jr., Amanda E. Kowalski and Heidi Williams will receive the 2011 Garfield Economic Impact Award for their paper entitled "Estimating Marginal Returns to Medical Care: Evidence from At-Risk Newborns." The authors applied a cutting-edge econometric methodology to evaluate the life-saving benefits of advanced, research-based medical care. They found compelling evidence that such care enables very low birth weight babies to "beat the odds," surviving at greater rates than would be expected based on birth weight alone. Their findings indicate that proper medical care for at-risk newborns translates to a net positive economic impact.

Thursday, December 8, 2011 12:00 pm 1:30 pm


Al Hunt, executive editor for Bloomberg News in Washington D.C. and the host of Bloomberg Television's "Political Capital with Al Hunt."


Alan Guttmacher, the Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child and Human Development

Tomas Philipson, a past winner of the Garfield Award and the Daniel Levin Professor of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago

Amanda Kowalski, one of this year's winners and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Yale University

Mark Wietecha, President and CEO, National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) and Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA)

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