Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/85794
Authors: 
Lindeboom, Maarten
Portrait, France
van den Berg, Gerard J.
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 03-072/3
Abstract: 
We analyze the effect of economic conditions early in life on individual mortality rate later in life, using business cycle conditions early in life as an exogenous indicator. Individual records from Dutch registers of birth, marriage, and death, covering a window of unprecedented size (1912-2000) are merged with historical data on macroeconomic and health indicators. We correct for secular changes over time and other mortality determinants. We nonparametrically compare those born in a recession to those born in the preceding boom, and we estimate duration models where the individual's mortality rate depends on current conditions, conditions early in life, age individual characteristics, including individual socio-economic indicators, and interaction terms. The results indicate a significant negative effect of economic conditions early in life on individual mortality rates at all ages.
Subjects: 
death
longevity
health
business cycle
recession
life expectancy
lifetimes
epidemics
JEL: 
I12
J11
J17
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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