National Independence, Women's Political Participation, and Life Expectancy in Norway

24 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2010

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Jenna Nobles

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Ryan Andrew Brown

RAND Corporation

Ralph A. Catalano

University of California, Berkeley

Date Written: December 31, 2009

Abstract

This study investigates the role of national independence and women’s political participation on population health using historical lifespan data from Norway. The authors use time-series methods to analyze data measuring the actual length of time lived by Norwegian birth cohorts spanning a 61 year period surrounding the political emancipation of Norway from Sweden in 1905 and the establishment of a Norwegian monarchy in 1906. The use of a discrete, historical event improves their ability to interpret the population health effects of national independence and women’s political participation as causal. They find a large and significant positive effect on the lifespan of Norwegian females born in the 1906 cohort. Interestingly, the effect does not extend to all living females during the Norwegian drive toward sovereignty. They conclude that the beneficial effects were likely conferred through intrauterine biological transfers and/or neonatal investments specific to the first year of life.

Suggested Citation

Nobles, Jenna and Brown, Ryan Andrew and Catalano, Ralph A., National Independence, Women's Political Participation, and Life Expectancy in Norway (December 31, 2009). RAND Working Paper Series WR- 729, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1535600 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1535600

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