Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/115488
Authors: 
Caruso, Germán
Miller, Sebastián
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-535
Abstract: 
This study estimates the effects of the 1970 Ancash earthquake on human capital accumulation on the affected and subsequent generation, 37 years after the shock, using the Peruvian censuses of 1993 and 2007. The main finding is that males affected by the earthquake in utero completed on average 0. 5 years less schooling while females affected by the earthquake completed 0. 8 years less schooling. Surprisingly, those whose mothers were affected at birth by the earthquake have 0. 4 less years of education, while those whose fathers were affected by the earthquake at birth have no effects on their education. The evaluation of other outcomes also suggests that the level of welfare of the affected individuals has been negatively impacted in the long run. The present investigation supports previous literature on shocks in early childhood, providing evidence of the existence of intergenerational transmission of shocks.
Subjects: 
Long-term effects
Intergenerational transmission
Natural disasters
JEL: 
D31
I32
C49
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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