Individual behavior as a pathway between early-life shocks and adult health: Evidence from hunger episodes in post-war Germany


Kesternich, Iris ; Siflinger, Bettina ; Smith, James ; Winter, Joachim



URL: http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/working_...
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: RAND Labor and Population Working Paper Series
Volume: 1015
Place of publication: Santa Monica, Calif.
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > Alexander v. Humboldt Professor in Econometrics and Empirical Economics (Van den Berg -2016)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: We investigate long-run effects of episodes of hunger experienced as a child on health status and behavioral outcomes in later life. We combine self-reported data on hunger experiences from SHARELIFE, a retrospective survey conducted as part of SHARE in Europe in 2009, with administrative data on food supply (caloric rations) in post-war Germany. The data suggest that individual behavior is a pathway between early life shocks and adult health: We find that those who experienced hunger spend a larger fraction of income on food. Taken together, our results confirm that in addition to the well-documented biological channel from early life circumstances to adult health, there is also a behavioral pathway.

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Kesternich, Iris ; Siflinger, Bettina ; Smith, James ; Winter, Joachim (2013) Individual behavior as a pathway between early-life shocks and adult health: Evidence from hunger episodes in post-war Germany. RAND Labor and Population Working Paper Series Santa Monica, Calif. 1015 [Working paper]


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