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Height, Health and Cognitive Function at Older Ages

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  • Anne Case

    (Princeton University)

  • Christina Paxson

    (Princeton University)

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    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).

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    Paper provided by Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Health and Wellbeing. in its series Working Papers with number 1127.

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    Handle: RePEc:pri:cheawb:case_paxson_height_health_and_cognitive_function

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    Keywords: Nutrition; chronic diseases; infants; economic outcomes; employment; Britian;

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    1. Lin, Ming-Jen & Liu, Elaine M., 2014. "Does in utero Exposure to Illness Matter? The 1918 Influenza Epidemic in Taiwan as a Natural Experiment," IZA Discussion Papers 8181, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Schultz, Paul, 2009. "Population and Health Policies," Working Papers 66, Yale University, Department of Economics.
    3. Scott A. Carson, 2009. "The Relationship between Stature and Insolation: Evidence from Soldiers and Prisoners," CESifo Working Paper Series 2850, CESifo Group Munich.
    4. Scott A. Carson, 2010. "Nineteenth Century Stature and Family Size: Binding Constraint or Productive Labor Force?," CESifo Working Paper Series 2999, CESifo Group Munich.
    5. Till Stowasser & Florian Heiss & Daniel McFadden & Joachim Winter, 2013. "Understanding the SES Gradient in Health Among the Elderly: The Role of Childhood Circumstances," NBER Chapters, in: Discoveries in the Economics of Aging, pages 187-219 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    6. Jürgen Maurer, 2011. "Education and Male-Female Differences in Later-Life Cognition: International Evidence From Latin America and the Caribbean," Demography, Springer, Springer, vol. 48(3), pages 915-930, August.
    7. Lundborg, Petter & Nilsson, Anton & Rooth, Dan-Olof, 2011. "Early Life Health and Adult Earnings: Evidence from a Large Sample of Siblings and Twins," IZA Discussion Papers 5804, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    8. Steckel, Richard H., 2009. "Heights and human welfare: Recent developments and new directions," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 46(1), pages 1-23, January.

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