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Long-Run Effects of Gestation during the Dutch Hunger Winter Famine on Labor Market and Hospitalization Outcomes

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  • Robert S. Scholte

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Gerard J. van den Berg

    (University of Mannheim, VU University Amsterdam)

  • Maarten Lindeboom

    (VU University Amsterdam)

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This is the first study to analyze effects of in utero exposure to the severe Dutch Hunger Winter famine (1944/45) on labor market outcomes and hospitalization. This famine is clearly demarcated in time and space. It was not anticipated. Nutritional conditions were stable before and after the famine. We provide results of exposure by sub-interval of gestation. We are the first to use population registers for the full population. We find a significantly negative effect of exposure during the first trimester of gestation on employment outcomes 53 or more years after birth, as well as effects on hospitalization.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 12-013/3.

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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20120013

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Keywords: famine; long-run effects; labor and hospitalization outcomes;

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  1. Black, Sandra E. & Devereux, Paul J. & Salvanes, Kjell G., 2014. "Does grief transfer across generations? In-utero deaths and child outcomes," Discussion Paper Series in Economics 23/2014, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics.
  2. J├╝rges, Hendrik, 2013. "Collateral damage: The German food crisis, educational attainment and labor market outcomes of German post-war cohorts," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 286-303.

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