Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58621
Authors: 
Akresh, Richard
Bhalotra, Sonia R.
Leone, Marinella
Osili, Una O.
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6194
Abstract: 
The Nigerian civil war of 1967-70 was precipitated by secession of the Igbo-dominated south-eastern region to create the state of Biafra. It was the first civil war in Africa, the predecessor of many. We investigate the legacies of this war four decades later. Using variation across ethnicity and cohort, we identify significant long run impacts on human health capital. Individuals exposed to the war at all ages between birth and adolescence exhibit reduced adult stature and these impacts are largest in adolescence. Adult stature is portentous of reduced life expectancy and lower earnings.
Subjects: 
war
height
early life
human capital investments
Nigeria
JEL: 
I12
O12
J13
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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