When is the best time to prevent early childhood obesity?

Harvard Pop Center faculty members Tracy Richmond, Mauricio Avendano, and Ichiro Kawachi, along with their colleague Inyang A. Isong, have published a study that takes a longitudinal look at the … Continue reading “When is the best time to prevent early childhood obesity?”

Mother’s education level linked to child’s risk of obesity

A mother’s education level has been found to be linked to her offspring’s body mass index (BMI) as early as three years of age in three European countries. The recent … Continue reading “Mother’s education level linked to child’s risk of obesity”

Longer compulsory education not necessarily better for cognitive & mental health outcomes; a natural experiment finds differences between genders

A new study published in the BMJ Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health examined the long-term health impacts of a policy enacted in France that extended compulsory education by two … Continue reading “Longer compulsory education not necessarily better for cognitive & mental health outcomes; a natural experiment finds differences between genders”

When is more education not necessarily better for health?

Harvard Bell Fellow Emilie Courtin, PhD, is lead author on a study published in Social Science & Medicine that reveals that when mandatory length of education among teenagers in France … Continue reading “When is more education not necessarily better for health?”

Non-health government expenditure found to be associated with reduction in infant mortality rate inequalities in LMICs

A study published in Health Economics, Policy and Law has found non-health government spending to be associated with lower inequalities in infant mortality rates in low- and middle-income countries, whereas … Continue reading “Non-health government expenditure found to be associated with reduction in infant mortality rate inequalities in LMICs”

Middle and high school racial composition linked to misuse of non-medical prescription painkillers later in life

A study by Harvard Pop Center director Lisa Berkman, faculty members Ichiro Kawachi and Mauricio Avendano, and colleagues has revealed that both white and black students who attended majority-white schools … Continue reading “Middle and high school racial composition linked to misuse of non-medical prescription painkillers later in life”

Later pension, poorer health? Evidence from the UK

A Harvard Pop Center working paper by faculty member Mauricio Avendano and his colleagues reveals that increasing the age at which women working in routine-manual occupations in the UK received pension … Continue reading “Later pension, poorer health? Evidence from the UK”

Father’s unemployment linked to increased purchases of psychotropic medication by offspring

Mauricio Avendano is an author on a paper that shows that while there was no association between a mother’s unemployment and the purchases of pscyhotropic medication by her offspring, there … Continue reading “Father’s unemployment linked to increased purchases of psychotropic medication by offspring”

Small but significant health impacts of cash transfers to elderly in Colombia

Former Harvard Bell Fellow Philipp Hessel, PhD, and current faculty member Mauricio Avendano, PhD, are authors on a paper in Health Affairs that has found that male recipients of small … Continue reading “Small but significant health impacts of cash transfers to elderly in Colombia”