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Exporting Poor Health: The Irish in England

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  • Delaney, Liam

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    (University of Stirling)

  • Fernihough, Alan

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    (University College Dublin)

  • Smith, James P.

    ()
    (RAND)

Abstract

The Irish-born population in England is in worse health than both the native population and the Irish population in Ireland, a reversal of the commonly observed healthy migrant effect. Recent birth-cohorts living in England and born in Ireland, however, are healthier than the English population. The substantial Irish health penalty arises principally for cohorts born between 1920 and 1960. This paper attempts to understand the processes that generated this migrant health pattern. Our results suggest a strong role for early childhood conditions and economic selection in driving the dynamics of health differences between the Irish-born migrants and White English populations.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5852.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5852

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  1. Irish in Australia
    by Liam Delaney in Economics and Psychology Research on 2012-08-19 02:25:00
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  1. Barrett, Alan & Mosca, Irene, 2012. "Exploring the Early-life Causes and Later-life Consequences of Migration through a Longitudinal Study on Ageing," IZA Discussion Papers 6878, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Smith, James P. & Delaney, Liam, 2013. "Acquiring Human Capital through the Generations by Migration," IZA Discussion Papers 7782, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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