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Critical periods during childhood and adolescence
University of Mannheim and IFAU-Uppsala.
Lund University and Centre for Economic Demography Lund.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, The Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare.
Linnaeus University and Centre for Economic Demography Lund.
2014 (English)In: Journal of the European Economic Association, ISSN 1542-4766, E-ISSN 1542-4774, Vol. 12, no 6, 1521-1557 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We identify the ages that constitute sensitive (or critical) periods in children's development towards their adult health status, skills, and human capital. For this, we use data on families migrating into Sweden from countries that are poorer, with less healthy conditions. Late-life health is proxied by adult height and other adult outcomes. The relation between siblings’ ages at migration and their adult outcomes allows us to estimate the causal effect of conditions at specific childhood ages. 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 for adult height and we find related critical periods for adult cognition, mental health, and education.

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2014. Vol. 12, no 6, 1521-1557 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-25540DOI: 10.1111/jeea.12112ISI: 000345595500003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84911907084OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-25540DiVA: diva2:777376
Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2016-10-18Bibliographically approved

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