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Adolescent health and adult labor market outcomes

Petter Lundborg, Anton Nilsson and Dan-Olof Rooth

Journal of Health Economics, 2014, vol. 37, issue C, 25-40

Abstract: Whereas a large literature has shown the importance of early life health for adult socioeconomic outcomes, there is little evidence on the importance of adolescent health. We contribute to the literature by studying the impact of adolescent health status on adult labor market outcomes using a unique and large-scale dataset covering almost the entire population of Swedish males. We show that most types of major conditions have long-run effects on future outcomes, and that the strongest effects result from mental conditions. Including sibling fixed effects or twin pair fixed effects reduces the magnitudes of the estimates, but they remain substantial.

Keywords: Earnings; Employment; Health; Siblings; Twins (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I1 J2 J3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2014.05.003

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