The Long Shadows of Past Insults

49 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2016

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Claudia Andreella

University of Duisburg-Essen

Martin Karlsson

University of Duisburg-Essen

Therese Nilsson

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Lund University - Department of Economics

Matthias Westphal

University of Duisburg-Essen

Date Written: July 21, 2015

Abstract

This paper investigates the intergenerational transmission of health in the very long run. Using a unique purpose-built administrative dataset on individuals born in Sweden between 1930-34 and their parents, we study the intergenerational transmission (IGT) of health and the impact of previous generations’ health shocks on socioeconomic outcomes. Our results provide strong evidence in favour of IGT of health, in particular for males. In contrast to the existing literature that focuses on early life health outcomes, our paper shows that the effect on later-life mortality might be even more relevant. However, the story appears to be complex and multi-faceted: the IGT exhibits an inverted socioeconomic gradient, and the impact on socioeconomic outcomes is often very different from the effect on health.

Keywords: Early environment; intergenerational transmission; Barker hypothesis; maternal health; infant health; socioeconomic status

JEL Classification: I12, J13

Suggested Citation

Andreella, Claudia and Karlsson, Martin and Nilsson, Therese and Westphal, Matthias, The Long Shadows of Past Insults (July 21, 2015). Ruhr Economic Paper No. 571, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2706472 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2706472

Claudia Andreella (Contact Author)

University of Duisburg-Essen ( email )

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Martin Karlsson

University of Duisburg-Essen ( email )

Therese Nilsson

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) ( email )

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Matthias Westphal

University of Duisburg-Essen ( email )

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Duisburg, 47048
Germany

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