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Multigenerational Effects of Early Life Health Shocks

C. Justin Cook, Jason M. Fletcher, Angela Forgues

NBER Working Paper No. 25377
Issued in December 2018
NBER Program(s):Economics of Aging, Children, Health Economics, Labor Studies

A large literature has documented links between harmful early life exposures and later life health and socioeconomic deficits. These studies, however, are typically unable to examine the possibility that these shocks are transmitted to the next generation. Our study traces the impacts of in utero exposure to the 1918 influenza pandemic on the outcomes of the children and grandchildren of those affected using representative survey data from the US. We find evidence of multigenerational effects on educational, economic, and health outcomes.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w25377

Published: C. Justin Cook & Jason M. Fletcher & Angela Forgues, 2019. "Multigenerational Effects of Early-Life Health Shocks," Demography, vol 56(5), pages 1855-1874. citation courtesy of

 
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