The transmission of health across 7 generations in China, 1789-1906

Maystadt, Jean-Francois and Migali, Giuseppe (2021) The transmission of health across 7 generations in China, 1789-1906. Journal of Health Economics, 79: 102493. ISSN 0167-6296

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We study the intergenerational transmission of health using registered data from China between 1789 and 1906. We first document the intergenerational correlations in lifespans, and we find much higher correlations for mothers, compared to fathers. We then compare children born from brother and twin fathers, and the intergenerational transmission from fathers becomes weaker and is likely to be mostly driven by genetic factors. On the contrary, our results suggest a strong role of women in affecting their children's health outcomes across generations in developing countries.

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Journal of Health Economics
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Health Economics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Health Economics, 79, 2021 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2021.102493
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?? long-term health outcomesintergenerational correlationspublic health, environmental and occupational healthhealth policy ??
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