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The Effect of Childhood Conduct Disorder on Human Capital

Pierre Koning (), Dinand Webbink (), Sunčica Vujić () and Nicholas G. Martin ()
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Dinand Webbink: Erasmus University Rotterdam
Nicholas G. Martin: Queensland Institute of Medical Research

No 4940, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper estimates the longer-term effects of childhood conduct disorder on human capital accumulation and violent and criminal behaviour later in life using data of Australian twins. We measure conduct disorder with a rich set of indicators based on diagnostic criteria from psychiatry. Using ordinary least squares (OLS) and twin fixed effects (FE) estimation approaches, we find that early (pre-18) conduct disorder problems significantly affect both human capital accumulation and violent and criminal behaviour over the life course. In addition, we find that conduct disorder is more deleterious if these behaviours occur earlier in life.

Keywords: human capital; conduct disorder; twins (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I1 I2 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2010-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hrm and nep-lab
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Published in: Health Economics, 2012, 21 (8), 928-945 [online]

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Journal Article: THE EFFECT OF CHILDHOOD CONDUCT DISORDER ON HUMAN CAPITAL (2012)
Working Paper: The effect of childhood conduct disorder on human capital (2008) Downloads
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