Early Life Health and Cognitive Function in Old Age

TitleEarly Life Health and Cognitive Function in Old Age
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsCase, A, Paxson, C
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Volume99
Issue2
Pagination104-09
Call Numbernewpubs20110418_Case.pdf
KeywordsHealth Conditions and Status, Methodology
Abstract

This paper examines whether the disease environments experienced by American children in the first half of the twentieth century are associated with their cognitive abilities at older ages. It matches region-level historical data on mortality from a variety of infectious diseases, as well as total infant mortality, with information on the cognitive function of older Americans followed by the Health and Retirement Study. It is found that the burden of disease in early life--measured using either mortality rates by cause or the overall infant mortality rate--is significantly associated with the performance on cognitive tests in old age.

URLhttp://www.aeaweb.org/articles.php?doi=10.1257/aer.99.2.104
DOI10.1257/aer.99.2.104
Endnote Keywords

Health/Cognition/reasoning/Correlation analysis/Infant mortality

Endnote ID

24720

Citation Key7299