Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96683
Authors: 
Scholte, Robert
van den Berg, Gerard J.
Lindeboom, Maarten
Deeg, Dorly J. H.
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 8075
Abstract: 
This paper considers determinants of physical-functional limitations in daily-life activities at high ages. Specifically, we quantify the extent to which the impact of adverse life events on this outcome is larger in case of exposure to adverse economic conditions early in life. Adverse life events include bereavement, severe illness in the family, and the onset of chronic diseases. We use a longitudinal data set of individuals born in the first decades of the 20th century. The business cycle around birth is used as an indicator of economic conditions early in life. We find that the extent to which functional limitations suffer from the onset of chronic diseases is larger if the individual was born in a recession. The long-run effect of economic conditions early in life on functional limitations at high ages runs primarily via this life event.
Subjects: 
functional limitations
long-run effects
business cycle
panel data
health
bereavement
chronic diseases
JEL: 
I12
C33
J14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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