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The Relative Contribution of Genetic and Environmental Factors to Cancer Risk and Cancer Mortality in Norway

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  • Leuven, Edwin

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    (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Plug, Erik

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    (University of Amsterdam)

  • Marte, Rønning

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    (Statistics Norway, Research Department)

Using Norwegian cancer registry data we study twin and non-twin siblings to decompose variation in cancer at most common sites and cancer mortality into a genetic, shared environment and individual (unshared environmental) component. Regardless the source of sibling variation, our findings indicate that genes dominate over shared environment in explaining relatively more of the variation in cancer at most common cancer sites (but lung and skin cancer) and cancer mortality. The vast majority of the variation in cancer and cancer mortality, however, is explained by individual (unshared environmental) factors.

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Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 05/2014.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 01 Feb 2014
Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2014_005
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  1. Almond, Douglas & Currie, Janet, 2011. "Human Capital Development before Age Five," Handbook of Labor Economics, Elsevier.
  2. Charles F. Manski, 2011. "Genes, Eyeglasses, and Social Policy," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 25(4), pages 83-94, Fall.
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