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16:00 - 18:00 27 May 2015

Disentangling Stress from Nutrition as Determinants of the Long Run Effects of Adverse Conditions Around Birth on Economic and Health Outcomes Late in Life


Ricardo Lecture Theatre | Drayton House (link Map)
30 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AN | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Student
Ticketing: Open

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Gerard Van den Berg, University of Bristol

Long-run effects of nutritional shortages early in life are often studied using variation in contextual nutritional conditions (e.g. due to a famine). Exposure to such adverse nutritional conditions is likely to cause stress among the affected households. The combination of a lack of nutrition and an increased stress level may have different long-run effects than the occurrence of one of these factors in isolation of the other. Results in famine studies may therefore be driven by stress exposure. We advance on this by considering various types of adverse contextual conditions early in life and by exploiting the variation in temporal and regional exposure to these conditions, among birth cohorts in Germany born in 1930-1950. This includes exposure to bombardments on the civilian population and exposure to famine. The latter are quantified using data we collected from historical sources on daily bombardments per city and local food rations.


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