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Critical periods during childhood and adolescence: a study of adult height among immigrant siblings
University of Mannheim, Germany ; VU University, The Netherlands.
Lund University ; VU University, The Netherlands.
Linköping University ; Lund University.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. IZA ; CReAM. (Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)
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Abstract [en]

We identify the ages that constitute sensitive (or critical) periods in children’s development towards their adult health status. For this we use data on families migrating into Sweden from countries that are poorer, with less healthy conditions. Long-run health is proxied by adult height. The relation between siblings’ ages at migration and their heights after age 18 allows us to estimate the causal effect of conditions at certain ages on adult height. We effectively exploit that for siblings the migration occurs simultaneously in calendar time but at different developmental stages (ages). We find evidence that the period just before the puberty growth spurt constitutes a critical period. We also study adult cognitive score outcomes and we compare sensitive age periods for cognitive ability to those for height.

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Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies , 2014. , p. 43
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Working paper series: Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies ; 2014:3
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Economics
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Economy, Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-33086OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-33086DiVA, id: diva2:706448
Available from: 2014-03-20 Created: 2014-03-20 Last updated: 2018-02-01Bibliographically approved

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