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Shadows of the Captain of the Men of Death: Health Innovation, Human Capital Investment, and Institutions

Bhalotra, S and Venkataramani, AS (2015) Shadows of the Captain of the Men of Death: Health Innovation, Human Capital Investment, and Institutions. UNSPECIFIED. University of Essex, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

We leverage introduction of the first antibiotic therapies in 1937 to examine impacts of pneumonia in infancy on adult education, employment, disability, income and income mobility, and identify large impacts on each. We then examine how racial segregation in the pre-Civil Rights Era moderated the long-run benefits of antibiotics among blacks. We find that blacks born in more segregated states reaped smaller and less pervasive long run benefits despite sharp drops in pneumonia exposure. Our findings demonstrate causal effects of early life health on economic mobility and the importance of an investment-rewarding institutional environment in realization of the full potential of a healthy start

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Sonia Bhalotra
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2016 13:53
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2019 21:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17550

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