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Re-Constructing Childhood Health Histories

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  • Smith, James P.

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This paper provides evidence about the quality of retrospective childhood health histories given to respondents in the HRS and the PSID. Even though information on early life health events is critical, there is legitimate skepticism about the ability of older respondents to remember specific health problems that they had as a child. The evidence presented in this paper suggests that this is too negative a view. Respondents appear to remember salient childhood events about themselves such as the illnesses they had as a child quite well. Moreover, these physical and psychological childhood health events are important correlates of adult health during middle age.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4036.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4036

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