Intergenerational Persistence in Maternal Bereavement



Tom Vogl, Associate Professor of Economics, University of California, San Diego (joint with Frances Lu, UCSD)

Demographers have recently come to acknowledge the cumulative burden of family member deaths as an important source of inequality in wellbeing. We ask whether this form of inequality is inter-generationally persistent. Using data from 45 developing countries, we estimate associations between mothers and daughters in their children’s risk of death at young ages. To unpack these associations, we examine their mediators at the individual level as well as their epidemiological and socioeconomic moderators at the population level.

Tom Vogl is Associate Professor of Economics at UCSD. A development economist and economic demographer, he studies the determinants and consequences of fertility, child health, and human capital. Recent work has focused on how in utero exposure to air pollution affects infant health in Brazil; how childhood exposure to conditional cash transfer programs affects adult outcomes in Mexico; and how differential fertility affects the composition of the next generation in the United States and across the developing world. He is a deputy editor at Demography and an associate editor at the Journal of Human Resources. He received his PhD from Harvard University and previously taught at UT Austin and Princeton.

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