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Gradients of the Intergenerational Transmission of Health in Developing Countries

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  • Sonia Bhalotra

    (University of Bristol)

  • Samantha Rawlings

    (University of Reading)

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This paper investigates the sensitivity of the intergenerational transmission of health to changes in the socioeconomic and public health environment into which children are born using individual survey data on 2.24 million children born to 600,000 mothers during the period 1970 to 2000 in 38 developing countries merged by country and cohort with macroeconomic data. We find that children are more likely to bear the penalty exerted by poor maternal health if they are conceived or born in adverse socioeconomic conditions. Equivalently, shocks to the child's birth environment are more damaging of children born to women with weaker health at birth. © 2013 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Volume (Year): 95 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 660-672

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Keywords: intergenerational transmission; early life environment; genes; health; infant mortality; height; growth; education; immunization;

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  1. Bhalotra, Sonia & Valente, Christine & van Soest, Arthur, 2010. "The puzzle of Muslim advantage in child survival in India," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 29(2), pages 191-204, March.
  2. Kenneth Harttgen & Stephan Klasen & Sebastian Vollmer, 2012. "Economic Growth and Child Undernutrition in Africa," Working Papers, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa (UNDP/RBA) 2012-013, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa (UNDP/RBA).
  3. Black, Sandra E. & Devereux, Paul J., 2010. "Recent Developments in Intergenerational Mobility," IZA Discussion Papers 4866, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Abhishek Chakravarty, 2012. "Gender-discriminatory premarital investments, fertility preferences and breastfeeding in Egypt," Economics Discussion Papers, University of Essex, Department of Economics 723, University of Essex, Department of Economics.
  5. Bhalotra, Sonia R. & Pogge, Thomas, 2012. "Ethical and Economic Perspectives on Global Health Interventions," IZA Policy Papers, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) 38, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Kenneth Harttgen & Stephan Klasen, 2012. "Analyzing Nutritional Impacts of Price and Income Related Shocks in Malawi and Uganda," Working Papers, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa (UNDP/RBA) 2012-014, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa (UNDP/RBA).
  7. Sonia Bhalotra & Thomas Pogge, 2012. "Ethical and Economic Perspectives on Global Health Interventions Abstract: Interventions that improve childhood health directly improve the quality of life and, in addition, have multiplier effects, p," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK 12/286, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.

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