Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/170791
Authors: 
Akbulut-Yuksel, Mevlude
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10807
Abstract: 
This paper estimates the causal long-term consequences of an exposure to war in utero and during childhood on the risk of obesity and the probability of having a chronic health condition in adulthood. Using the plausibly exogenous city-by-cohort variation in the intensity of WWII destruction as a unique quasi-experiment, I find that individuals who were exposed to WWII destruction during the prenatal and early postnatal periods have higher BMIs and are more likely to be obese as adults. I also find an elevated incidence of chronic health conditions such as stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorder in adulthood among these wartime children.
Subjects: 
health conditions
body size
warfare
children
JEL: 
I10
I12
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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