Health Economics Letter
HEIGHT AND COGNITIVE FUNCTION AT OLDER AGES: IS HEIGHT A USEFUL SUMMARY MEASURE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES?
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 224–233, February 2013
How to Cite
Guven, C. and Lee, W. S. (2013), HEIGHT AND COGNITIVE FUNCTION AT OLDER AGES: IS HEIGHT A USEFUL SUMMARY MEASURE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES?. Health Econ., 22: 224–233. doi: 10.1002/hec.1827
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 28 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Received: 7 FEB 2011
- cognitive function;
Previous research using US data suggests that height, as a marker for early investments in health, is associated with better cognitive functioning in later life, but this association disappears once education is controlled for. Using an English cohort of men and women older than 50 years, we find that the association between height and cognitive outcomes remains significant after controlling for education suggesting that height affects cognitive functioning not simply via higher educational attainment. Furthermore, the significant association between height and cognitive function remains even after controls for early life indicators have been included. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.