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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628787/biological-welfare-and-the-commons-a-natural-experiment-in-the-alps-1765-1845
#1
Trevor O'Grady, Claudio Tagliapietra
In the late 18th century hundreds self-governing alpine communities in Northern Italy came under the direct control of centralized states (Austria and France) at different times. We exploit the timing and location of these interventions in a difference-in-differences type design to investigate the effects of removing CPR (common-pool resources) institutions on biological welfare. We find a significant and persistent increase in infant mortality rates and a more modest decrease in birth rates as a result of state centralization...
June 6, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605623/heterogeneity-in-the-long-term-health-effects-of-warfare
#2
Mevlude Akbulut-Yuksel, Mutlu Yuksel
This paper estimates the long-term heterogeneous legacies of exposures to war in utero and during early childhood on height in adulthood. Using a novel dataset on the regional WWII destruction in Germany, combined with the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), we find that individuals who experienced warfare in utero and during childhood are an average of 2cm shorter as adults, suggesting that the negative scarring effect of WWII dominated the positive effect coming from a selection. Among war survivors, children from less privileged families who resided in highly destroyed regions, particularly girls, suffered the greatest health consequences of warfare...
May 26, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575714/performance-of-people-with-diabetes-in-the-labor-market-an-empirical-approach-controlling-for-complications
#3
Beatriz Rodríguez-Sánchez, David Cantarero-Prieto
This paper introduces a framework for modelling the impact that diabetes has on employment status and wages, improving the existing literature by controlling for diabetes-related complications. Using the last wave of the Spanish National Health Survey, we find that 1710 adults out of the original sample of 36,087 have diabetes, reporting higher rates of unemployment. Our empirical results suggest that persons with diabetes, compared with non-diabetic persons, have poorer labor outcomes in terms of length of unemployment and lower income...
May 25, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558310/estimating-sibling-spillovers-in-health-evidence-on-symptoms
#4
Cheuk Yin Ho
This paper estimates the sibling spillover effect in health symptoms using a sample of US adolescents from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health dataset. The research design of this paper is to restrict the sample to sibling pairs who are separated between schools, where one enters high school and the other middle school. Because of school separation, sibling pairs face independent health shocks from own school peers. The identification strategy further exploits variations in individual health across symptoms to control for unobserved individual heterogeneity, which flexibly partials out family correlated effects...
May 18, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586722/childhood-obesity-and-maternal-education-in-ireland
#5
David Madden
This paper analyses the socioeconomic gradient of childhood obesity in Ireland using the Growing Up in Ireland data with three innovations compared to previous work in the area. A different measure of socioeconomic status, maternal education, is employed. In addition, the depth and severity of obesity are examined as well as the incidence. Finally, the use of two waves of longitudinal data permits the analysis of the persistence of obesity. Results show that overall childhood obesity stabilised between the two waves...
May 12, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550809/the-impact-of-childhood-overweight-and-obesity-on-healthcare-utilisation
#6
Edel Doherty, Michelle Queally, John Cullinan, Paddy Gillespie
Rising levels of childhood overweight and obesity represent a major global public health challenge. A number of studies have explored the association between childhood overweight and obesity and healthcare utilisation and costs. This paper adds to the literature by estimating the causal effect of child overweight and obesity status on use of general practitioner (GP) and hospital inpatient stays at two time points using instrumental variable (IV) methods The paper uses data from two waves of the Growing Up in Ireland survey of children when they are 9 and 13 years respectively and uses the biological mother's body mass index (BMI) as an instrument for the child's BMI...
May 12, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538160/colonialism-and-genetics-of-comparative-development
#7
Ideen Riahi
This study argues that European colonial policies and former colonies' genetic variation (genetic distance to Europeans and genetic diversity) were interlinked. Over a prolonged period of time, populations that were genetically far from Europeans and had extreme levels of genetic diversity (e.g. in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas) adapted to environments that were significantly different from the climatic conditions of continental Europe. This resulted in a divergence in populations' resistance to infectious diseases and positive relationships between European settler mortality at the time of colonization, genetic distance to the technological frontier, and genetic diversity...
May 9, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550808/the-association-between-height-and-hypertension-in-indonesia
#8
Kitae Sohn
There is growing interest in the influence of early-life conditions on the development of disease. Among diseases in adulthood, hypertension is particularly important for the developing world because considerably more people there are and will be afflicted with the disease than in the developed world and hypertensives there are often unaware of their disease status. We employed height as a proxy for the influence of early-life conditions and estimated the relation between height and hypertension status in Indonesia...
May 8, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486211/low-expectations-do-teachers-underestimate-the-ability-of-overweight-children-or-the-children-of-overweight-mothers
#9
Michelle Queally, Edel Doherty, Francis M Finucane, Ciaran O'Neill
Using the first wave of the Growing Up in Ireland Survey of nine year old children we examine whether a teacher's assessment of their pupil's academic ability is influenced by the weight status of the child and/or the child's mother. Multivariate regression analyses of the teacher's assessment, controlling for the child's actual test performance, their BMI, their mother's BMI, other socio-demographic and teacher characteristics were undertaken. The study highlighted that child BMI was not a significant determinant but that children whose mother was obese were more likely to be rated as below average in reading and in maths compared to those whose mother was leaner, after adjusting for their measured ability...
April 28, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472713/business-cycle-impacts-on-substance-use-of-adolescents-a-multi-country-analysis
#10
Thomas Paling, Judit Vall Castello
Populations respond to changes in the economic climate in a variety of ways. The recent 'Great Recession' has brought attention to the vulnerability of many economies around the world to changes in non-domestic macroeconomic fluctuations. However, empirical evidence on the responses of adolescents' substance consumption behaviour when the economy deteriorates is very scarce. Thus, the focus of this paper is to analyse the substance consumption patterns displayed by adolescents in response to changes in macroeconomic conditions in a large number of countries...
April 24, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472714/the-association-between-socioeconomic-status-and-adult-fast-food-consumption-in-the-u-s
#11
Jay L Zagorsky, Patricia K Smith
Health follows a socioeconomic status (SES) gradient in developed countries, with disease prevalence falling as SES rises. This pattern is partially attributed to differences in nutritional intake, with the poor eating the least healthy diets. This paper examines whether there is an SES gradient in one specific aspect of nutrition: fast-food consumption. Fast food is generally high in calories and low in nutrients. We use data from the 2008, 2010, and 2012 waves of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79) to test whether adult fast-food consumption in the United States falls as monetary resources rise (n=8136)...
April 19, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460366/long-run-health-consequences-of-air-pollution-evidence-from-indonesia-s-forest-fires-of-1997
#12
Younoh Kim, Scott Knowles, James Manley, Vlad Radoias
While many studies in the medical literature documented causal relationships between air pollution and negative health outcomes immediately following exposure, much less is known about the long run health consequences of pollution exposure. Using the 1997 Indonesian forest fires as a natural experiment, we estimate the long term effects of air pollution on health outcomes. We take advantage of the longitudinal nature of the Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS), which collects detailed individual data on a multitude of health outcomes, in both 1997 and 2007...
April 18, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505568/the-structural-relationship-between-early-nutrition-cognitive-skills-and-non-cognitive-skills-in-four-developing-countries
#13
Alan Sánchez
This study provides evidence about how cognitive and non-cognitive skills are acquired during childhood in four developing countries (Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam), highlighting the role of early nutrition as a determinant in this process. An increase of one standard deviation in height-for-age at the age of 1 is found to have a total effect on cognitive skills at age 8 by 5.4 percent in Ethiopia, 9.0 percent in India, 7.6 percent in Peru and 8.4 percent in Vietnam. The corresponding total effect on non-cognitive skills is 1...
April 17, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445843/health-and-income-inequalities-in-europe-what-is-the-role-of-circumstances
#14
M Pasqualini, D Lanari, L Minelli, L Pieroni, L Salmasi
Equality of opportunity theories distinguish between inequalities due to individual effort and those due to external circumstances. Recent research has shown that half of the variability in income of World population was determined by country of birth and income distribution. Since health and income are generally strictly related, the aim of this paper is to estimate how much variability in income and health is determined by external circumstances. We use data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement (SHARE) and the English Longitudinal Survey on Ageing (ELSA), two comparable multidisciplinary surveys that provide micro-level data on health and financial resources among the elderly for a large number of European countries...
April 17, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448881/social-capital-and-cigarette-smoking-new-empirics-featuring-the-norwegian-hunt-data
#15
M Kamrul Islam, Sherman Folland, Oddvar M Kaarbøe
Using a rich Norwegian longitudinal data set, this study explores the effects of different social capital variables on the probability of cigarette smoking. There are four social capital variables available in two waves of our data set. Our results based on probit (and OLS) analyses (with municipality fixed-effects) show that the likelihood of smoking participation is negatively and significantly associated with social capital attributes, namely, community trust (-0.017), participation in organizational activities (-0...
April 14, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395273/obesity-and-its-socioeconomic-determinants-in-iran
#16
Mohammad Hassan Emamian, Mansooreh Fateh, Ahmad Reza Hosseinpoor, Ali Alami, Akbar Fotouhi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the socioeconomic inequality of obesity and its determinants in Iran. METHODS: Data was from Iran's surveillance system for risk factors of non-communicable diseases which was conducted on 89,400 individuals aged 15-64 years in 2005. Principal component analysis was used to create a new variable for defining socioeconomic status of participants. We assessed inequality by calculating a slop index of inequality and concentration index for obesity...
March 31, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843117/height-and-cognition-at-work-labor-market-productivity-in-a-low-income-setting
#17
Daniel LaFave, Duncan Thomas
Taller workers earn more, particularly in lower income settings. It has been argued that adult height is a marker of strength which is rewarded in the labor market; a proxy for cognitive performance or other dimensions of human capital such as school quality; a proxy for health status; and a proxy for family background and genetic characteristics. As a result, the argument goes, height is rewarded in the labor market because it is an informative signal of worker quality to an employer. It has also been argued that the height premium is driven by occupational and sectoral choice...
May 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410489/the-contribution-of-urbanization-to-non-communicable-diseases-evidence-from-173-countries-from-1980-to-2008
#18
Yevgeniy Goryakin, Lorenzo Rocco, Marc Suhrcke
It is widely believed that the expanding burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is in no small part the result of major macro-level determinants. We use a large amount of new data, to explore in particular the role played by urbanization - the process of the population shifting from rural to urban areas within countries - in affecting four important drivers of NCDs world-wide: diabetes prevalence, as well as average body mass index (BMI), total cholesterol level and systolic blood pressure. Urbanization is seen by many as a double-edged sword: while its beneficial economic effects are widely acknowledged, it is commonly alleged to produce adverse side effects for NCD-related health outcomes...
March 27, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388502/the-bmi-values-of-the-lower-classes-likely-declined-during-the-great-depression
#19
John Komlos, Scott Carson
The BMI values of inmates in the McNeil Island Penitentiary in Washington State declined between the 1860s and the 1910s birth cohorts by 1.44. Furthermore, those who were imprisoned in the 1930s had significantly lower BMI values (by between 0.72 and 1.01) than those who were incarcerated at the end of the 19th century. This corresponds to a decrease in weight of some 2.25kg (4.95lbs) for a man of average height of 173.86cm (68.5inches). The diminution in nutritional status among this lower-class sample is hardly surprising, given the high level of unemployment at the time but has not been verified until now...
March 22, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364586/imperfect-information-on-physical-activity-and-caloric-intake
#20
Matthew C Harris
Using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data, I find that individuals who overestimate their activity level by one standard deviation consume 40-60 extra calories per day, or enough to gain five pounds per year. These extra calories are composed mainly of sugar and carbohydrate, and are concentrated among individuals in the 75th and 90th percentiles of caloric intake. The link between overeating and inaccurate estimation of physical activity is strongest among less educated individuals and individuals with high variance in their physical activity, suggesting that imperfect recall or information gaps explain at least part of the relationship of interest...
March 18, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
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