Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/90021
Authors: 
Kesternich, Iris
Siflinger, Bettina
Smith, James P.
Winter, Joachim K.
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7713
Abstract: 
We investigate long-run effects of episodes of hunger experienced as a child on health status and behavioral outcomes in later life. We combine self-reported data on hunger experiences from SHARELIFE, a retrospective survey conducted as part of SHARE in Europe in 2009, with administrative data on food supply (caloric rations) in post-war Germany. The data suggest that individual behavior is a pathway between early life shocks and adult health: We find that those who experienced hunger spend a larger fraction of income on food. Taken together, our results confirm that in addition to the well-documented biological channel from early life circumstances to adult health, there is also a behavioral pathway.
Subjects: 
war
health
income
JEL: 
I10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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