The Signals from the Childhood Years

  • Suchit Arora
Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 12)


The variables for the childhood regime (average stature, infectious diseases, and pregnancy complications), along with macro variables (volatility-adjusted per capita income, and functional distribution of income) explain a sizable segment of the variation in the profile parameters, especially of the slopes. The variables prove useful for extracting the childhood-linked component of the period-profiles, ultimately helping approximate the life-course segment in the long-term trends of non-communicable disease. The life-course segment, however, varies across the childhood variables and each one relates unsymmetrically to the non-communicable diseases comprising the aggregate. The childhood variables, together with the functional income distribution, appear to have been the sources of a cohort effect, defined as the source or the variable that shifts the initial state as well as the slope of the profiles.


Aging Non-communicable diseases Childhood development Childhood regime Stature Infectious diseases Pregnancy complications Childhood-linked signals Life-course effects Cohort effect Bias Functional distribution of national income Real per capita income 


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  • Suchit Arora
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  1. 1.State Teachers Retirement System of OhioColumbusUSA

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