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Title:Critical periods during childhood and adolescence: A study of adult height among immigrant siblings PDF Logo
Authors:van den Berg, Gerard J.
Lundborg, Petter
Nystedt, Paul
Rooth, Dan-Olof
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Working paper // IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2011:5
Abstract:We identify the ages that constitute critical periods in children's development towards their adult health status. For this we use data on families migrating into Sweden from countries that are poorer, with less healthy conditions. Long-run health is proxied by adult height. The relation between siblings' ages at migration and their heights after age 18 allows us to estimate the causal effect of conditions at certain ages on adult height. Moreover, we compare siblings born outside and within Sweden. We apply fixed-effect methods to a sample of about 9,000 brothers. We effectively exploit that for siblings the migration occurs simultaneously in calendar time but at different developmental stages (ages). We find some evidence for a critical period at age 9. The effects are stronger in families migrating from poorer countries but weaker if the mother is well-educated.
Subjects:early-life conditions
migration
parental education
adult health
height retardation
age
fetal programming
developmental origins
JEL:I10
I12
I18
F22
I20
I30
J10
N30
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

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