The Role of Early-Life Conditions in the Cognitive Decline Due to Adverse Events Later in Life

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Gerard J. van den Berg

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Dorly Deeg

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics

Maarten Lindeboom

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

France Portrait

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics

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Abstract

Serious life events, such as the loss of a relative or the onset of a chronic condition may influence cognitive functioning. We examine whether the cognitive impact of such events is stronger if conditions very early in life were adverse, using Dutch longitudinal data of older persons. We exploit exogenous variation in early-life conditions as generated by the business cycle.

Suggested Citation

van den Berg, Gerard J. and Deeg, Dorly and Lindeboom, Maarten and Portrait, France, The Role of Early-Life Conditions in the Cognitive Decline Due to Adverse Events Later in Life. The Economic Journal, Vol. 120, No. 548, pp. F411-F428, November 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1694842 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2010.02396.x

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