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War during Childhood: The Long Run Effects of Warfare on Health

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  • Akbulut-Yuksel, Mevlude

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    (Dalhousie University)

This paper estimates the causal long-term consequences of an exposure to war in utero and during childhood on the risk of obesity and the probability of having a chronic health condition in adulthood. Using the plausibly exogenous city-by-cohort variation in the intensity of WWII destruction as a unique quasi-experiment, I find that individuals who were exposed to WWII destruction during the prenatal and early postnatal periods have higher BMIs and are more likely to be obese as adults. I also find an elevated incidence of chronic health conditions such as stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorder in adulthood among these wartime children.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 10807.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: May 2017
Publication status: published in: Journal of Health Economics, 53, May 2017, 117–130.
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp10807
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