Adverse Childhood Experiences and Outcomes Later in Life: Evidence from SHARE Countries

18 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2019

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Agar Brugiavini

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia

Raluca Buia

Ca Foscari University of Venice

Matija Kovacic

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia

Cristina Orso

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia

Date Written: July 8, 2019

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate whether exposure to adverse experiences during childhood such as physical and emotional abuse affects a set of health and socio-economic outcomes across the lifespan using recent European data from SHARE (The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe). The novelty of our approach consists in exploiting the recently published data on adverse childhood experiences for 19 SHARE countries, which enables us to account for country-specific heterogeneity and investigate the long-run effects of exposure to early-life adverse circumstances on different adult outcomes. Our results highlight a negative long-term effect of exposure to adverse childhood experiences -ACEs on risky behaviour such as smoking, as well as on socio-economic outcomes like unemployment and family dissolution.

Keywords: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Smoking Behaviour, Unemployment, Family Dissolution

JEL Classification: H4, I12

Suggested Citation

Brugiavini, Agar and Buia, Raluca and Kovacic, Matija and Orso, Cristina, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Outcomes Later in Life: Evidence from SHARE Countries (July 8, 2019). University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper Series No. 18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3419358 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3419358

Agar Brugiavini (Contact Author)

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia ( email )

Cannaregio 873
Venice, 30121
Italy

Raluca Buia

Ca Foscari University of Venice ( email )

Dorsoduro 3246
Venice, Veneto 30123
Italy

Matija Kovacic

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia ( email )

Cannaregio 873
Venice, 30121
Italy

Cristina Orso

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia ( email )

Cannaregio 873
Venice, 30121
Italy

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