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Adverse childhood experiences and risk behaviours later in life: Evidence from SHARE countries

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  • Agar Brugiavini

    () (Department of Economics, University Of Venice Cà Foscari)

  • Raluca Elena Buia

    () (Department of Economics, University Of Venice Cà Foscari)

  • Matija Kovacic

    () (European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC); Department of Economics, University Of Venice Cà Foscari)

  • Cristina Elisa Orso

    () (Department of Economics, University Of Verona)

Abstract

In this paper we investigate whether exposure to adverse experiences during childhood such as physical and emotional abuse affects the likelihood of unhealthy habits and separately the insurgency of chronic diseases and disabilities later in life. The novelty of our approach consists in exploiting the recently published data on adverse childhood experiences for 19 SHARE countries, which enables us to account for country-specific heterogeneity and investigate the long-run effects of exposure to adverse early-life circumstances on risk behaviour such as smoking, drinking, overweight and obesity. Our results highlight a significant positive effect of exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the probability of unhealthy lifestyles as well as on the insurgency of chronic diseases and disabilities in the long run.

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  • Agar Brugiavini & Raluca Elena Buia & Matija Kovacic & Cristina Elisa Orso, 2020. "Adverse childhood experiences and risk behaviours later in life: Evidence from SHARE countries," Working Papers 2020:08, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
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    Keywords

    Adverse Childhood Experiences; Smoking Behaviour; Heavy drinking; Obesity;
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    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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