Exposure in utero to adverse events and health late-in-life: Evidence from China

Jiyuan Wang, Rob Alessie, Viola Angelini*

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This paper estimates the effect of in utero exposure to adverse events on late life diabetes, cardiovascular disease risks and cognition deficiency. We merge data on the regional violence during the Cultural Revolution and the excessive death rates during the Chinese Great Famine with data from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study survey. Results show that female babies who were exposed in utero to the famine have higher diabetes risks, while male babies who were exposed to the Cultural Revolution are shown to have lower cognitive abilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-557
Number of pages17
JournalHealth Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2023


  • cardiovascular disease
  • Chinese Great Famine
  • cognition
  • cultural revolution
  • diabetes
  • early life conditions

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