Fetal Origins of Lifetime Health

D. Almond, J. M. Currie, K. Meckel

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Recent research by economists suggests that adverse health shocks suffered in utero can have lasting effects. Studies have linked human capital accumulation, labor force activity, and adult mortality to fetal health conditions. These studies have also identified a broad array of 'nurture shocks,' including ambient pollution levels, infectious disease, and mild nutritional deficits, that can generate long-lasting consequences. Understanding the propagation mechanisms and how best to design remedial policies remain important researchareas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Health Economics
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780123756787
ISBN (Print)9780123756794
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


  • Adult health
  • Early childhood
  • Fetal origins hypothesis
  • Human capital accumulation
  • Labor market outcomes
  • Natural experiments
  • Pollutants
  • Prenatal health


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