Effects of Prenatal and Early Life Malnutrition: Evidence from the Greek Famine

30 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2010 Last revised: 20 Jan 2014

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Sven Neelsen

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Thomas Stratmann

George Mason University - Buchanan Center Political Economy; George Mason University - Mercatus Center; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Date Written: March 14, 2010

Abstract

This paper examines the long run education and labor market effects from early-life exposure to the Greek 1941-42 famine. Given the short duration of the famine, we can separately identify the famine effects for cohorts exposed in utero, during infancy and at one year of age. We find that adverse outcomes due to the famine are largest for infants. Further, in our regression analysis we exploit the fact that the famine was more severe in urban than in rural areas. Consistent with our prediction, we find that urban-born cohorts show larger negative impacts on educational outcomes than the rural-born cohorts.

Suggested Citation

Neelsen, Sven and Stratmann, Thomas, Effects of Prenatal and Early Life Malnutrition: Evidence from the Greek Famine (March 14, 2010). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 10-09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1570650 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1570650

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