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Instrumental Variable Estimation of the Causal Effect of Hunger Early in Life on Health Later in Life
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation. Univ Mannheim, D-68131 Mannheim, Germany.;Vrije Univ Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.;IZA, Uppsala, Sweden..
Univ Bonn, IZA, Bonn, Germany..
Univ Mannheim, D-68131 Mannheim, Germany..
2016 (English)In: Economic Journal, ISSN 0013-0133, E-ISSN 1468-0297, Vol. 126, no 591, 465-506 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) PublishedText
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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.

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2016. Vol. 126, no 591, 465-506 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-298955DOI: 10.1111/ecoj.12250ISI: 000372337600007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-298955DiVA: diva2:948681
EU, European Research Council
Available from: 2016-07-13 Created: 2016-07-12 Last updated: 2016-07-13Bibliographically approved

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