Transition, Height and Well-Being

62 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2019 Last revised: 8 Sep 2020

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Alícia Adserà

Princeton University - Princeton School of Public and International Affairs; Princeton University - Office of Population Research (OPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Francesca Dalla Pozza

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Sergei Guriev

Sciences Po; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Lukas Kleine-Rueschkamp

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)

Elena Nikolova

Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI); University College London - School of Slavonic and East European Studies; IOS Regensburg

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Date Written: May 30, 2020

Abstract

Using newly available data, we re-evaluate the impact of transition from plan to market in former communist countries on objective and subjective well-being. We find clear evidence of the high social cost of early transition reforms: cohorts born around the start of transition are about 1 centimetre shorter than their older or younger peers. We provide suggestive evidence on the importance on mechanisms that partially explain these results: the decline of GDP per capita and the deterioration of healthcare systems. On the bright side, we find that cohorts that experienced transition in their infancy are now better educated and more satisfied with their lives than their
counterparts. Taken together, our results imply that the transition process has been a traumatic experience, but that its negative impact has largely been overcome.

Keywords: transition, height, well-being, post-communist countries

JEL Classification: I3, P26, P35

Suggested Citation

Adsera, Alicia and Dalla Pozza, Francesca and Guriev, Sergei and Kleine-Rueschkamp, Lukas and Nikolova, Elena and Nikolova, Elena, Transition, Height and Well-Being (May 30, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3456644 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3456644

Alicia Adsera

Princeton University - Princeton School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

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Francesca Dalla Pozza

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Sergei Guriev

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Lukas Kleine-Rueschkamp

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) ( email )

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Elena Nikolova (Contact Author)

University College London - School of Slavonic and East European Studies ( email )

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