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Dragon Year Superstition, Birth Timing, and Neonatal Health Outcomes

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Dragon Year Superstition, Birth Timing, and Neonatal Health Outcomes

Cheng Huang,   Shiying Zhang,  Qingguo Zhao,  Yan Lin

Abstract:

According to Chinese astrology, each lunar year is symbolized by a zodiac animal, including the Dragon, which represents auspiciousness, power and greatness. Based on high-quality administrative data from birth certificates in Shenzhen, China, we first show that a considerable number of births are shifted from one week before the Dragon year to one week after the Dragon year begins, mainly through vaginal and elective C-sections. Then, we estimate the causal health effects of delaying births but do not find any significant results, as measured by birth weight, Apgar scores, and neonatal mortality.

Keywords:

Dragon superstition, Timing of births, Neonatal health, China