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Height, Health and Cognitive Function at Older Ages

Anne Case () and Christina Paxson
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Christina Paxson: Princeton University

No 1127, Working Papers from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Health and Wellbeing.

Abstract: Research across a number of disciplines has highlighted the role of early life health and circumstance in determining health and economic outcomes at older ages. Nutrition in utero and in infancy may set the stage for the chronic disease burden that an individual will face in middle age (David J. Barker, 1998; Barker et al. 1989; Johann Eriksson et al. 2001). Childhood health may also have significant effects on economic outcomes in adulthood. Collectively, a set of childhood health measures can account for a large fraction of the explained variance in employment and social status observed among a British cohort followed from birth into adulthood (Anne Case, Angela Fertig and Christina Paxson 2005).

Keywords: Nutrition; chronic diseases; infants; economic outcomes; employment; Britian (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D01 D63 I00 I32 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-01
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