Early-life Exposure to Weather Shocks and Human Capital Accumulation: Evidence from the Peruvian Highlands

Investigates the impact of early-life exposure to unusually low temperatures on the formation of human capabilities

Abstract

This working paper uses Young Lives data to investigate the impact of early-life exposure to unusually low temperatures (below long-term averages) on the formation of human capabilities in a cohort of children born in the Peruvian Andes. The empirical strategy uses differences in exposure to temperature levels across children within clusters, generated by differences in date of birth, at the month precision, in areas where frosts are widespread.

Young Lives is an international study of childhood poverty, following the lives of 12,000 children in 4 countries (Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam) over 15 years. Young Lives is funded by the UK Department for International Development

Citation

Sanchez, Alan (2018), Early-life Exposure to Weather Shocks and Human Capital Accumulation: Evidence from the Peruvian Highlands. Young Lives Working Paper 178. Oxford: Young Lives

Early-life Exposure to Weather Shocks and Human Capital Accumulation: Evidence from the Peruvian Highlands

Published 1 April 2018