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Publication - Professor Gerard Van den Berg

    The role of marriage in the causal pathway from economic conditions early in life to mortality

    Citation

    van den Berg, GJ & Gupta, S, 2015, ‘The role of marriage in the causal pathway from economic conditions early in life to mortality’. Journal of Health Economics, vol 40., pp. 141-158

    Abstract

    This paper analyzes the interplay between early-life conditions and marital status, as determinants of adult mortality. We use individual data from Dutch registers (years 1815-2000), combined with business cycle conditions in childhood as indicators of early-life conditions. The empirical analysis estimates bivariate duration models of marriage and mortality, allowing for unobserved heterogeneity. Results show that conditions around birth and school going ages are important for marriage and mortality. Men typically enjoy a protective effect of marriage, whereas women suffer during childbearing ages. However, having been born under favorable economic conditions reduces female mortality during childbearing ages.

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