Individual Behaviour as a Pathway between Earlyâ€ life Shocks and Adult Health: Evidence from Hunger Episodes in Postâ€ war Germany
Iris Kesternich (),
James P. Smith and
Joachim Winter ()
Economic Journal, 2015, vol. 125, issue 588, F372-F393
We investigate longâ€ run effects of hunger episodes experienced during childhood on health status and behavioural outcomes in later life. We combine selfâ€ reported data on hunger experiences from SHARELIFE with administrative data on food supply (caloric rations) in postâ€ war Germany. The data suggest that individual behaviour is a pathway between early lifeâ€ shocks and adult health. We find that lowerâ€ income adults who experienced hunger spend a larger fraction of income on food. Taken together, our results confirm that in addition to the wellâ€ documented biological channel from early life circumstances to adult health, there are also behavioural pathways.
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (8) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:wly:econjl:v:125:y:2015:i:588:p:f372-f393
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://onlinelibrary ... 1111/(ISSN)1468-0297
Access Statistics for this article
Economic Journal is currently edited by Estelle Cantillon, Martin Cripps, Andrea Galeotti, Morten Ravn, Kjell G. Salvanes, Frederic Vermeulen, Hans-Joachim Voth and Rachel Kranton
More articles in Economic Journal from Royal Economic Society Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Wiley Content Delivery ().