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Title:From Angela's Ashes to the Celtic Tiger: early life conditions and adult health in Ireland PDF Logo
Authors:Delaney, Liam
McGovern, Mark
Smith, James P.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4548
Abstract:We use data from the Irish census and exploit regional and temporal variation in infant mortality rates over the 20th century to examine effects of early life conditions on later life health. Our main identification is public health interventions which eliminated the Irish urban infant mortality penalty. Estimates suggest that a unit decrease in mortality rates at time of birth reduces the probability of being disabled as an adult by between .03 and .05 percentage points. We find that individuals from lower socio economic groups had marginal effects of reduced infant mortality twice as large as those at the top.
Subjects:Childhood health
disability
JEL:I19
N34
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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