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Famine, Fertility, and Fortune in China☆

Xinzheng, Shi. (2011). Famine, Fertility, and Fortune in China☆. China Economic Review, 22, 244-259.

Xinzheng, Shi. (2011). Famine, Fertility, and Fortune in China☆. China Economic Review, 22, 244-259.

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In this paper, I investigate the long term effects of China's Great Famine in 1959–1961 on cohorts affected by the famine in the first year of life. Using China's 2000 population census data and after controlling for positive fertility selections in the famine, I find that women exposed to the famine in the first year of life had a lower probability of completing high school and lived in less wealthy households. I do not find any significant effects of the famine on men. In addition, I find that if positive fertility selections are not controlled for, the negative effects become weaker.




JOUR



Xinzheng, Shi



2011


China Economic Review

22


244-259







10.1016/j.chieco.2011.02.001



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