Does famine have a long-term effect on cohort mortality? Evidence from the 1959-1961 great leap forward famine in China.

@article{Song2009DoesFH,
  title={Does famine have a long-term effect on cohort mortality? Evidence from the 1959-1961 great leap forward famine in China.},
  author={Shige Song},
  journal={Journal of biosocial science},
  year={2009},
  volume={41 4},
  pages={469-91}
}
Using retrospective individual mortality records of three cohorts of newborns (1954-1958, 1959-1962 and 1963-1967) from a large national fertility survey conducted in 1988 in China, this paper examines the effect of being conceived or born during the 1959-1961 Great Leap Forward Famine on postnatal mortality. The results show strong evidence of a short-term (period) effect of the famine, caused directly by starvation or severe malnutrition during the period of the famine. After controlling for… CONTINUE READING
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