Instrumental Variable Estimation of the Causal Effect of Hunger Early in Life on Health Later inLife

Gerard J. van den Berg*, Pia R. Pinger, Johannes Schoch

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We estimate average causal effects of early-life hunger on late-life health by applying instrumental variable estimation, using data with self-reported periods of hunger earlier in life, with famines as instruments. The data contain samples from European countries and include birth cohorts exposed to various famines in the twentieth century. We use two-sample IV estimation to deal with imperfect recollection of conditions at very early stages of life. The estimated average causal effects may exceed famine effects by at least a factor three.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)465-506
Aantal pagina's42
TijdschriftEconomic Journal
Nummer van het tijdschrift591
StatusPublished - mrt.-2016
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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