Quotation Abeliansky, Ana Lucia, Strulik, Holger. 2018. Hungry children age faster. Economics and Human Biology. 29 211-220.




We analyze how childhood hunger affects human aging for a panel of European individuals. For this purpose, we use six waves of the Survey of Health, Aging, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) dataset and construct a health deficit index. Results from log-linear regressions suggest that, on average, elderly European men and women developed about 20 percent more health deficits when they experienced a hunger episode in their childhood. The effect becomes larger when the hunger episode is experienced earlier in childhood. In non-linear regressions (akin to the Gompertz-Makeham law), we obtain greater effects suggesting that health deficits in old age are up to 40 percent higher for children suffering from hunger. The difference of health deficits between hungry and non-hungry individuals increases absolutely and relatively with age. This implies that individuals who suffered from hunger as children age faster.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Economics and Human Biology
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-C
Language English
Title Hungry children age faster
Volume 29
Year 2018
Page from 211
Page to 220
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ehb.2018.03.005
Open Access N


Abeliansky, Ana Lucia (Details)
Strulik, Holger (University of Göttingen, Department of Economics, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3, 37073 Göttingen, Germany, Germany)
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