Monday, May 23, 2011

Spanish Flu: II

Continuing with our previous mention of the spanish flu, Douglas Almond has a remarkable paper conjecturing that there were long-term negative effects of being exposed to the 1918 Spanish Flu in utero.  The paper is titled "Is the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Over?  Exposure in the Post-1940 U.S. Population" (JPE 2006)

Disability rates jump for that quarter and the three proceeding from it 62 years after the flu ended (click to enlarge).
Educational achievement jumps down for that single quarter of birth (click to enlarge).

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