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NIDI/RUG Workshop: Early life circumstances and late life outcomes

When 20 November 2015 from 12:00 to 18:00 hrs
Where NIDI, Lange Houtstraat 19, 2511 CV The Hague
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This workshop will bring together researchers working from different disciplines, including economics, demography and epidemiology and will shed light on the life-course processes that influence labour market performance, demographic decision, older-age health and mortality.

Early life circumstances can have long lasting effects on late-life labour market performance, health and mortality. Examples of adverse conditions during sensitive periods early in life that hamper cognitive development, labour market performance and health in later life include maternal health during pregnancy, diet, and economic crises. Examples of risks and opportunities that accumulate over the life-course include exposure to unhealthy lifestyles and education choice. The pathways from these conditions and choices in early childhood to late life wealth and health are either direct, through permanent but latent damage that manifests itself later in life, or indirect, via income development, life styles, reproductive behaviour, etc. Some can be mitigated, for example by means of policy interventions, while others cannot. Consequently when analysing health conditions and labour market performance in later life, focus should not only be on contemporary conditions and lifestyles, but also on conditions over the life course, beginning in early childhood.


12.00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-13:10 Laura Viluma (RUG),. et al., The consequences of being born at a time of crisis: How early-life economic circumstances affect adult health. Discussant: Marike Knoef (Leiden)
13:10-13:50 Michele Belloni (UU) and Adriaan Kalwij, Early-life conditions, lifetime income and mortality risk in Italy. Discussant: France Portrait (VU)
13:50-14:10 Tea break
14:10-14:50 Govert Bijwaard (NIDI) and Hans van Kippersluis, Efficiency of Health Investment: Education or intelligence? Discussant: Adriaan Kalwij (UU)
14:50-15:30 Aat Liefbroer (NIDI), Early life circumstances and demographic behaviour across the life course. Discussant:
15:30-15:50 Tea break
15:50-16:30 Bart Klijs (UMCG), The role of life course socioeconomic and lifestyle factors in the intergenerational transmission of the metabolic syndrome. Discussant: Raun van Ooijen (RUG)
16:30-17:10 Maarten Lindeboom (VU), Bad potato: Harvest Failures, Prices, Undernutrition and Consequences for Longevity of Siblings Within a Family. Discussant: Rob Alessie (RUG)
17:10-... Drinks

Participation is free, but registration is required. Please send an email to Govert Bijwaard ( or Jeannette van der Aar ( if you want to attend the workshop (before Monday November 16, 2015).

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