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The role of early-life conditions in the cognitive decline due to adverse events later in life

  • van den Berg, Gerard J.

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    (IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation)

  • Deeg, Dorly J.H.

    (VU University Medical Centre)

  • Lindeboom, Maarten

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Portrait, France

    (VU University Amsterdam)

Serious life events, such as the loss of a relative or the onset of a chronic condition may influence cognitive functioning. We examine whether the cognitive impact of such events is stronger if conditions very early in life were adverse, using Dutch longitudinal data of older persons. We exploit exogenous variation in early-life conditions as generated by the business cycle.

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Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2010:10.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 11 Sep 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2010_010
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