Effect of prenatal exposure to maternal Ramadan fasting on school performance

Start date: 01 januari 2009

Reyn van Ewijk, Douglas Almond, Bhashkar Mazumder

 

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Research question: Looks whether Muslim students whose mother had fasted during pregnancy perform worse in school than otherwise similar others. Also examines whether these students more often have special educational needs (learning and physical disabilities, severe behavioral problems, etc.) Method: we use a dataset on all English school children, that, beside test scores etc. includes students' ethnicity and birth date, to determine whose mothers may have fasted vs. have certainly not fasted (i.e. are born > 9 months after a Ramadan). Not exposed and potentially exposed Muslims are compared. Status: analyzing data.

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