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date: 28 October 2020

Famines, Hunger, and Later-Life Healthlocked

  • Gerard J. van den BergGerard J. van den BergDepartment of Economics, University of Bristol
  •  and Maarten LindeboomMaarten LindeboomDepartment of Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Summary

Modern-day famines are caused by unusual impediments or interventions in society, effectively imposing severe market restrictions and preventing the free movement of people and goods. Long-run health effects of exposure to famine are commonly studied to obtain insights into the long-run effects of malnutrition at early ages. This line of research has faced major methodological and data challenges. Recent research in various disciplines, such as economics, epidemiology, and demography, has made great progress in dealing with these issues. Malnutrition around birth affects a range of later-life individual outcomes, including health, educational, and economic outcomes.

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