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Effects of prenatal and early life malnutrition: Evidence from the Greek famine

Sven Neelsen () and Thomas Stratmann ()

Journal of Health Economics, 2011, vol. 30, issue 3, 479-488

Abstract: This paper examines the long run education and labor market effects from early-life exposure to the Greek 1941-1942 famine. Given the short duration of the famine, we can separately identify the famine effects for cohorts exposed in utero, during infancy and at 1 year of age. We find that adverse outcomes due to the famine are largest for infants. Further, in our regression analysis we exploit the fact that the famine was more severe in urban than in rural areas. Consistent with our prediction, we find that urban-born cohorts show larger negative impacts on educational outcomes than rural-born cohorts.

Keywords: Famine; Early-life; health; shocks; Barker's; hypothesis; famine; malnutrition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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