Long-run Impacts of Early Life Events IV:
Evidence from Developed and Developing Economies

March 20-21, 2014

A conference sponsored by the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging and the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

Meeting Location: Ross School of Business, Room 2760 Wyly Hall, University of Michigan.

Overview

The importance of early life conditions for health across the life course continues to be a very relevant topic of interest among scholars from many different backgrounds and disciplines. On March 20-21, 2014 MiCDA and ICPSR sponsored a workshop on the Long-run Impacts of Early Life Events IV: Evidence from Developed and Developing Economies to give leading researchers the opportunity to engage in a broad discussion of new findings and avenues for future research. The overall goals of the conference were to:

  1. Accelerate the pace of research on this topic, especially on papers that are relevant to understanding the causes of poverty and disadvantage in adulthood, and improve our understanding about the nature and pathways by which these effects arise.
  2. Raise awareness in the research and policy communities about the long-run impact of early life experiences and investments.
  3. Facilitate stronger communications and collaboration among researchers from various disciplines who are working on this topic.

The conference featured 12 paper and 8 poster presentations from a range of scientific disciplines, including economics, demography, sociology, epidemiology, and public health. The papers were diverse in terms of different types of exposures (poor nutrition, infectious diseases, lead), outcomes (hypertension, diabetes, educational attainment, income, longevity, sex composition at birth, cognitive impairment) and study design (birth cohorts, surveys, longitudinal data), geographic location (Africa, Asia, US, England, Europe, India, Latin America and the Caribbean, Netherlands, Taiwan, US), respondents (young adults, older adults, children) and possible policy implications (education spending in the US, interventions for children and mothers in low and middle income countries).

Agenda

Thursday, March 20th
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Continental breakfast, Wyly Hall
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Introduction-Mary McEniry and Bob Schoeni
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Richard Steckel. Life under Pressure: Socioeconomic Origins of Hypertension among African Americans
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM BREAK
10:30 AM - 11:15 PM Diana Kuh. Early Life Conditions and Adult Health Outcomes: Recent Evidence from British Birth Cohort Studies
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Rucker Johnson. The Long-term Productivity of Education Spending
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM LUNCH in the Executive Residence Dining Room
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM New data resources: PSID and RELATE
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Elaine Liu. Does in Utero Exposure to Illness Matter? The 1918 Influenza Epidemic in Taiwan as a Natural Experiment
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Bhashkar Mazumder. Breakfast Skipping and the Sex Composition at Birth
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM BREAK
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM Joe Ferrie. Lead Exposure in Early Life and Subsequent IQ, Educational Attainment, Income, and Longevity: Differential Impacts by Childhood Household Socioeconomic Status and the Perpetuation of Disadvantage Across Generations, 1890-2010
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Jessica Ho. Early Life Environmental Exposures and Adult Health in India
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Poster Session will take place in room E0530 of the Electronic Education and Resources Building (aka e-wing). Refreshments will be served.
1. Audrey Dorelien. The Relationship Between Birth Month and Child Health and Survival in Sub-Saharan Africa
2. Anthony Wray & Krzysztof Karbownik . Long-run Consequences of Exposure to Natural Disasters
3. Gilsella Kagy. Long-run Impacts of Famine Exposure: A Study of the 1974 - 1975 Bangladesh Famine
4. Michael Hollingshaus. Familial Susceptibility to Suicide, Death of Parents in Early Life, and Behavioral Health Disorders in Older Adulthood: F x E Interactions
5. Will Johnson. Body Mass Index and Height from Infancy to Adulthood and Carotid Intima Media Thickness at 60 to 64 Years in the 1946 British Birth Cohort Study.
6. Will Johnson. Birth Weight and Weight Gain from Infancy to Adolescence in Relation to Fat and Lean Mass in Early Old Age.
7. Will Johnson. Neurodevelopmental Pathways Are Associated with Changes in Physical Capability in Early Old Age.
8. Seyed Karimi. The Effect of Malnutrition In Utero on Height: Ramadan as a Natural Experiment
6:45/7:00pm DINNER at Grange Kitchen
Friday, March 21
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Continental breakfast, Wyly Hall
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Mary McEniry. Early Life Conditions and Rapid Demographic Changes in the Developing World: Consequences for Older Adult Health
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM Reyn van Ewijk. The Long Aftermath of World War II across Europe: Early Life Effects on Health at Old Age
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM BREAK
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Zhenmei Zhang. Life Course Pathways to Racial Disparities in Cognitive Impairment among Elderly Americans
11:30 AM - 12:15 AM Lunch, Wyly Hall
12:15 AM - 1:00 PM Ken Smith. The Role of Grandmaternal and Grandpaternal Age on Grandchild Survival
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Linda Adair. Im plications of early life nutrition and growth for long term health in low and middle income countries: What we have learned from birth cohort studies
1:45 PM Closing Remarks

Photos of 2014 Presenters

Joseph Ferrie
Joseph Ferrie
Jessica Ho
Jessica Ho
Rucker Johnson
Rucker Johnson
Elaine Liu
Elaine Liu
Bhashka Mazumder
Bhashka Mazumder
Mary McEniry
Mary McEniry
Bob Schoeni
Bob Schoeni
Ken Smith
Ken Smith
Richard Steckel
Richard Steckel
Reyn VanEwijk
Reyn VanEwijk
Zhenmei Zang
Zhenmei Zang

photos by Mark Thompson-Kolar

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