From Angela’s Ashes to the Celtic Tiger : early life conditions and adult health in Ireland

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Title: From Angela’s Ashes to the Celtic Tiger : early life conditions and adult health in Ireland
Authors: Delaney, Liam
McGovern, Mark
Smith, James P.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2627
Date: Dec-2009
Abstract: We use data from the Irish census and exploit regional and temporal variation in infant mortality rates over the 20th century to examine effects of early life conditions on later life health. Our main identification is public health interventions which eliminated the Irish urban infant mortality penalty. Estimates suggest that a unit decrease in mortality rates at time of birth reduces the probability of being disabled as an adult by between .03 and .05 percentage points. We find that individuals from lower socio economic groups had marginal effects of reduced infant mortality twice as large as those at the top.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
University College Dublin. Geary Institute
Subject LCSH: Health--Ireland
Public health--Economic aspects--Ireland
Infants--Health and hygiene--Ireland
Infants--Mortality--Ireland
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers
Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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