Instrumental Variable Estimation of the Causal Effect of Hunger Early in Life on Health Later in Life
2016 (English)In: Economic Journal, ISSN 0013-0133, E-ISSN 1468-0297, Vol. 126, no 591, 465-506 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) PublishedText
We estimate average causal effects of early-life hunger on late-life health by applying instrumental variable estimation, using data with self-reported periods of hunger earlier in life, with famines as instruments. The data contain samples from European countries and include birth cohorts exposed to various famines in the twentieth century. We use two-sample IV estimation to deal with imperfect recollection of conditions at very early stages of life. The estimated average causal effects may exceed famine effects by at least a factor three.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 126, no 591, 465-506 p.
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-298955DOI: 10.1111/ecoj.12250ISI: 000372337600007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-298955DiVA: diva2:948681
FunderEU, European Research Council