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Primate Evidence on the Late Health Effects of Early Life Adversity


Gabriella Conti


University of Chicago

Christopher Hansman


Columbia University, Barnard College - Department of Economics

James J. Heckman


University of Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); American Bar Foundation; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Matthew Novak


Central Oregon Community College - Department of Psychology

Angela Ruggiero


NICHD

Stephen Suomi


NICHD


IZA Discussion Paper No. 6495

Abstract:     
This paper exploits a unique ongoing experiment to analyze the effects of early rearing conditions on physical and mental health in a sample of rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). We analyze the health records of 231 monkeys which were randomly allocated at birth across three rearing conditions: Mother Rearing, Peer Rearing, and Surrogate Peer Rearing. We show that the lack of a secure attachment relationship in the early years engendered by adverse rearing conditions has detrimental long-term effects on health which are not compensated by a normal social environment later in life.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 21

Keywords: rhesus monkeys, health, maternal behavior, social deprivation

JEL Classification: I12, J13

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Date posted: April 28, 2012  

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Conti, Gabriella and Hansman, Christopher and Heckman, James J. and Novak, Matthew and Ruggiero, Angela and Suomi, Stephen, Primate Evidence on the Late Health Effects of Early Life Adversity. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6495. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2047281

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Gabriella Conti (Contact Author)
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Christopher Hansman
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Angela Ruggiero
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Stephen Suomi
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