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Transition, height and well-being

Adserà, A; Dalla Pozza, F; Kleine-Rueschkamp, L; Guriev, S; Nikolova, E; (2019) Transition, height and well-being. (GLO Discussion Paper 404). Global Labor Organization (GLO): Essen, Germany. Green open access

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Abstract

Using newly available data, we re-evaluate the impact of transition from plan to market on objective and subjective well-being. We find clear evidence of the high social cost of early transition reforms: cohorts born around the start of transition are shorter than their older or younger peers. The difference in height suggests that the first years of reform were accompanied by major deprivation. We provide suggestive evidence on the importance of three mechanisms which partially explain these results: the decline of GDP per capita, the deterioration of healthcare systems, and food scarcity. On the bright side, we find that cohorts that experienced transition in their infancy are now better educated and more satisfied with their lives than their counterparts. Taken together, our results imply that the transition process has been a traumatic experience, but that its negative impact has largely been overcome.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Transition, height and well-being
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.econstor.eu/handle/10419/204299
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081981
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