Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/106190
Authors: 
van den Berg, Gerard J.
Pinger, Pia R.
Schoch, Johannes
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 710
Abstract: 
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 20th 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.
Subjects: 
nutrition
famine
ageing
developmental origins
height
two-sample IV
JEL: 
I12
J11
C21
C26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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