The Long Reach of Childhood Health and Circumstance: Evidence from the Whitehall II Study
We use data from the Whitehall II Study to examine the joint evolution of health status and economic status over the life course. We study the links between health and socioeconomic status in childhood and health and employment status at older ages. We ﬁnd early life socioeconomic status is signiﬁcantly associated with health over the life course, even though selection into Whitehall mutes the effects of childhood. In addition, we ﬁnd that current position in the Civil Service is not associated with future self-assessed health, but current self-assessed health is signiﬁcantly associated with promotion in the Civil Service.