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

39 Pages Posted: 20 May 2020

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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: May 18, 2020

Abstract

In this paper we investigate whether exposure to adverse experiences during childhood such as physical and emotional abuse affects the likelihood of unhealthy habits and separately the insurgency of chronic diseases and disabilities later in life. 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 adverse early-life circumstances on risk behaviour such as smoking, drinking, overweight and obesity. Our results highlight a significant positive effect of exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the probability of unhealthy lifestyles as well as on the insurgency of chronic diseases and disabilities in the long run.

Keywords: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Smoking Behaviour, Heavy drinking, Obesity

JEL Classification: H4, I12

Suggested Citation

Brugiavini, Agar and Buia, Raluca and Kovacic, Matija and Orso, Cristina, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Risk Behaviours Later in Life: Evidence from SHARE Countries (May 18, 2020). University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper Series No. 08/WP/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3606128 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3606128

Agar Brugiavini

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 (Contact Author)

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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