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Cultural persistence of health capital: evidence from European migrants

Costa-i-Font, Joan ORCID: 0000-0001-7174-7919 and Sato, Azusa (2016) Cultural persistence of health capital: evidence from European migrants. CESifo Working Paper (5964). Center for Economic Studies, Munich, Germany.

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Culture is an under-studied determinant of health production and seldom measured. This paper empirically examines the persistence in the association between the health capital assessments of first and second-generation migrants with that of their ancestral countries. We draw on European data from 30 countries, including over 90 countries of birth and control for timing of migration, selective migration and other controls including citizenship and cultural proxies. Our results show robust evidence of cultural persistence of health assessments. Culture persists, rather than fades, and further, appears to strengthen over generations. We estimate a one standard deviation increase in ancestral health assessment increases first generation migrant’s health assessments by an average of 16%, and that of second generation migrants between 11% and 25%. Estimates are heterogeneous by gender (larger for males) and lineage (larger for paternal lineage).

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Research centres and groups > LSE Health and Social Care
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2016 15:00
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2020 01:04

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