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Critical Periods during Childhood and Adolescence: A Study of Adult Height among Immigrant Siblings

  • van den Berg, Gerard J.


    (Department of Economics, University of Mannheim)

  • Lundborg, Petter


    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Nystedt, Paul


    (Department of Economics, Linköping University)

  • Rooth, Dan-Olof


    (Linnaeus University)

We identify the ages that constitute critical periods in children’s development towards their adult health status. For this we use data on families migrating into Sweden from countries that are poorer, with less healthy conditions. Long-run health is proxied by adult height. The relation between siblings’ ages at migration and their heights after age 18 allows us to estimate the causal effect of conditions at certain ages on adult height. We effectively exploit that for siblings the migration occurs simultaneously in calendar time but at different developmental stages (ages). We find some evidence that the period just before the puberty growth spurt constitutes a critical period.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 12 Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2012_023
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