Famines, Hunger and Later-Life Health

Gerard J. van den Berg, Maarten Lindeboom

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Modern-day famines are caused by unusual impediments or interventions in society, effectively imposing severe market restrictions and the preventing the free movement of people and goods. Long-run health effects of exposure to famines are commonly studied in order to obtain insights into the long-run effects of malnutrition at early ages. This line of research has faced major methodological and data challenges. Recent research in various disciplines, such as economics, epidemiology and demography, has made great progress in dealing with these. Malnutrition around birth affects a range of later-life individual outcomes, including health, educational, and economic outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018

Structured keywords

  • ECON Applied Economics
  • ECON CEPS Health


  • Famine; malnutrition; hunger winter; instruments; long-run health effects; developmental origins of health and diseases

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