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Positive Early Life Rainfall Shocks and Adult Mental Health

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  • Mochamad Pasha

    (Consultant, World Bank, Indonesia)

  • Marc Rockmore

    (Department of Economics, Clark University, USA)

  • Chih Ming Tan

    (Department of Economics, University of North Dakota, USA; Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis)

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, 2019. "Positive Early Life Rainfall Shocks and Adult Mental Health," Working Paper series 19-09, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
  • Handle: RePEc:rim:rimwps:19-09
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    Keywords

    fetal origins; early life shocks; rainfall; mental health; climate change; Indonesia;
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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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