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Early Life Exposure to Above Average Rainfall and Adult Mental Health

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  • Mochamad Pasha

    (Consultant, World Bank, Indonesia)

  • Marc Rockmore

    (Department of Economics, Clark University)

  • Chih Ming Tan

    (Department of Economics, University of North Dakota)

Abstract

We study the effect of early life exposure to above average levels of rainfall on adult mental health. While we find no effect from pre-natal exposure, post-natal positive rainfall shocks decrease average Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression (CESD) mental health scores by 15 percent and increase the likelihood of depression by 5 percent, a more than 20 percent increase relative to the mean. These effects are limited to females. We rule out prenatal stress and income shocks as pathways and find evidence suggestive of increased exposure to disease.

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  • Mochamad Pasha & Marc Rockmore & Chih Ming Tan, 2018. "Early Life Exposure to Above Average Rainfall and Adult Mental Health," CINCH Working Paper Series 1805, Universitaet Duisburg-Essen, Competent in Competition and Health.
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    Acute myocardial infarction; instrumental variables; mortality;
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    JEL classification:

    • I15 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Economic Development
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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