The impact of early life shocks on human capital formation: evidence from El Niño floods in Ecuador.

@article{RosalesRueda2018TheIO,
  title={The impact of early life shocks on human capital formation: evidence from El Ni{\~n}o floods in Ecuador.},
  author={M. Rosales-Rueda},
  journal={Journal of health economics},
  year={2018},
  volume={62},
  pages={
          13-44
        }
}
This paper investigates the persistent effects of negative shocks in utero and in infancy on low-income children's health and cognitive outcomes and examines whether timing of exposure matters differentially by skill type. Specifically, I exploit the geographic intensity of extreme floods in Ecuador during the 1997-1998 El Niño phenomenon, which provides exogenous variation in exposure at different periods of early development. I show that children exposed to severe floods in utero, especially… Expand
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