Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/55287
Authors: 
Xu, Guo
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 1117
Abstract: 
Exploiting Tangshan 1976 - the deadliest earthquake in the 20th century - as a source of exogenous variation, we estimate the long-run effect of a historical shock on contemporary socio-economic outcomes. Cohorts born after the earthquake were not only larger, but exhibit lower school completion rates, particularly among the female today. Despite lower schooling levels, there is no evidence for adverse labour market outcomes. We conduct robustness checks and argue that the effect is causal.
Subjects: 
environmental shock
earthquake
natural disaster
education
fertility
JEL: 
I20
J00
O18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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