Saturday, September 17, 2011

Health and Well-Being of the Irish in England

My paper with James Smith and Alan Fernihough is available as an IZA Working Paper linked here. I am currently working on a funding proposal to directly survey the Irish-born living in England, and in London particularly. Very happy to correspond with people interested in this group.

Exporting Poor Health: The Irish in England

The Irish-born population in England is in worse health than both the native population and the Irish population in Ireland, a reversal of the commonly observed healthy migrant effect. Recent birth-cohorts living in England and born in Ireland, however, are healthier than the English population. The substantial Irish health penalty arises principally for cohorts born between 1920 and 1960. This paper attempts to understand the processes that generated this migrant health pattern. Our results suggest a strong role for early childhood conditions and economic selection in driving the dynamics of health differences between the Irish-born migrants and White English populations.

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