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The Intertemporal Effect of Childhood Health and Nutrition Status on Adulthood Income

2/1/2014 浏览量:465

The Intertemporal Effect of Childhood Health and Nutrition Status on Adulthood Income

He Qing and Yuan Yan

(Research Institute of Economics and Management, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics)

 

[Abstract] Childhood health and nutrition status may have long run effects on adulthood social economic status. This paper uses China Health and Nutrition survey(CHNS) data to study the long run effect of childhood health and nutrition status on adulthood income. We find that childhood health status and nutrition intakes during age 16-18 have significant effects on adulthood income. This article also found that there is a significant positive effect of mother’s education on children’s adulthood income,and father’s smoking behavior has significant negative impact. The empirical findings provide a new perspective to understand the origin of income inequality in China,and provide a new inspiration to public policy which reduces income inequality and poverty.

 

Key Words: Childhood Health and Nutrition Status; Long Run Effect; Human Capital; Individual Income

 

JEL Classification: I12,I15,J24



The Intertemporal Effect of Childhood Health and Nutrition Status on Adulthood Income.pdf