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Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen

Ekonomihögskolan vid Lunds universitet

Luciana Quaranta

Research

The influence of early life conditions on later life outcomes: Southern Sweden, 1830-1968

By using individual level data for Southern Sweden for 1830-1968 and through a series of articles, this work analyses the effects of early life conditions on later life outcomes. Early life conditions are measured by using as instruments infant mortality rates and data on causes of death to capture the effect of the disease environment experienced during infancy, as well as prices to measure the impact of nutrition during the fetal stage. The influence of early life conditions on mortality at different ages is first evaluated, pointing also to differences in the pattern and magnitude of the effects by gender and cohort. In the second section the impact of the type of diseases experienced during infancy is measured, viewing as outcomes overall mortality as well as mortality for some specific causes of death. The influence of early life conditions on reproductive health is evaluated on the third article, where the likelihood of giving birth as well as the health of the offspring will be measured. In the final part of the work a full life course approach will be utilized, viewing both direct and indirect (through reproductive health) effects of early life conditions on female later life health.