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Long-run Relations between Childhood Shocks and Health in Late Adulthood—Evidence from the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe


  • Nicole Halmdienst
  • Rudolf Winter-Ebmer


In this article, we address the long-run associations between childhood shocks and health in late adulthood. Applying a life-course approach and data from SHARE, we estimate direct and indirect relations of shocks like relocation, dispossession, or hunger and health outcomes after 50 years of age. Having lived in a children’s home, in a foster family, or having suffered a period of hunger turn out to be the most detrimental. Using a finite mixture model, which allows to classify the correlations between shocks and later health into a priori unknown groups, we show that some adverse shocks show opposite relations for specific groups. (JEL codes: J1, I12, J13)

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  • Nicole Halmdienst & Rudolf Winter-Ebmer, 2014. "Long-run Relations between Childhood Shocks and Health in Late Adulthood—Evidence from the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 60(2), pages 402-434.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cesifo:v:60:y:2014:i:2:p:402-434.

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    Cited by:

    1. Abeliansky, Ana Lucia & Strulik, Holger, 2018. "Hungry children age faster," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 211-220.
    2. Abeliansky, Ana Lucia & Strulik, Holger, 2018. "How season of birth affects health and aging," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 352, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.

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    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth


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