A number of problems hindered a systematic and rigorous investigation of the long run effects of the famine. This paper basically focuses on identifying the long run impacts of the famine of 1959-1961 on the economic and health consequences of the survivors. Especially, this study tries to guess accurately the degree the achieved heights of rural age group in old age by using the cross section sample of Chinese rural natives born between 1954 and 1967 (Hart, 1993). It was reduced with the vulnerability to famine at the time of babyhood and how the consequences of the resultant unfavourable health impacts impacted the family income and supply behaviour. This study is the first one to measure the guesses of the long run impacts of the famine.
The study has shown that for the survivors of the famine of 1959-1961 it caused serious economic and health impacts. This was true especially for the people who were in their early period of their life throughout the famine. In the absence of the famine, this study has revealed that the individuals might have developed 3.03 cm taller who were born in the year 1959. The height reduction is true to be for the individuals with shorter heights as per the quantile regression analysis conducted in the study. With famine contact throughout their early days, the famine also significantly affected the earning and labour supply of the survivors.