GENPOP: Early life exposures and later life health: the case of southern Sweden

Relatore: Luciana Quaranta (Lund University)

  • Data: 02 novembre 2023 dalle 11:30 alle 12:30

  • Luogo: Aula III - Via Belle Arti, 41


The seminar will focus on the impacts of early-life adversity on selection and scarring across the life course in southern Sweden. Previous and ongoing research results will be presented, which show that disease exposure in infancy affects mortality later in life and has a continuous impact on reproduction and health across the female life course and even affects early-life health of the next generation. The data used for these studies, longitudinal data from the Scanian Economic demographic database linked to Swedish modern population and health registers, will also be discussed in detail. In terms of mortality, we show evidence of scarring in later life for men and women exposed to disease. In terms of reproduction, we find that women exposed to disease in infancy give birth to a lower proportion of boys, consistent with notions that male fetuses are more vulnerable to adverse conditions and are more often miscarried. Sons of exposed mothers are also more likely to be born preterm and have higher birthweight suggesting in utero out-selection. Exposed women have a greater risk of miscarriage and of male stillbirth, but their overall likelihood of giving birth is not affected.

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