Long-Run Effects of Gestation During the Dutch Hunger Winter Famine on Labor Market and Hospitalization Outcomes

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Robert Scholte

University of Amsterdam - SEO Economic Research

Gerard J. van den Berg

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

Maarten Lindeboom

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

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Date Written: January 1, 2012

Abstract

This is the first study to analyze effects of in utero exposure to the severe Dutch Hunger Winter famine (1944/45) on labor market outcomes and hospitalization. This famine is clearly demarcated in time and space. It was not anticipated. Nutritional conditions were stable before and after the famine. We provide results of exposure by sub-interval of gestation. We are the first to use population registers for the full population. We find a significantly negative effect of exposure during the first trimester of gestation on employment outcomes 53 or more years after birth, as well as effects on hospitalization.

Keywords: nutrition, ageing, developmental origins, morbidity, income, health, employment

Suggested Citation

Scholte, Robert and van den Berg, Gerard J. and Lindeboom, Maarten, Long-Run Effects of Gestation During the Dutch Hunger Winter Famine on Labor Market and Hospitalization Outcomes (January 1, 2012). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 01/2012-031. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2149520 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2149520

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