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Surviving the Famine unscathed? An Analysis of the Long-term Health Effects of the Great Chinese Famine

Wenli Cheng () and Hui Shi

No 14-17, Monash Economics Working Papers from Monash University, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper studies the long-term health effects of the Chinese Famine of 1959-1961 on different birth-cohorts exposed to it during different stages of their early childhood. Based on a 2011 national survey, it finds that exposure to the Famine (1) reduced adult height for all cohorts; (2) had some negative impact on mental health for some cohorts; (3) had no significant effects on the risk of acquiring common chronic diseases for any cohort; (4) had no consistent effects on health related lifestyle choices for any cohort; and (5) lowered the risk of being overweight for 2 out of 5 cohorts. Notably where the effects of the Famine were found to be statistically significant, the magnitudes were small.

Keywords: Great Chinese Famine; long-term effect; health; lifestyle choices (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2017-04
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