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J Health Econ. 2014 Sep;37:25-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2014.05.003. Epub 2014 May 27.

Adolescent health and adult labor market outcomes.

Author information

1
Department of Economics at Lund University, 22007 Lund, Sweden; Centre for Economic Demography at Lund University, Sweden; IZA, Germany. Electronic address: Petter.Lundborg@nek.lu.se.
2
Department of Economics at Lund University, 22007 Lund, Sweden; Centre for Economic Demography at Lund University, Sweden. Electronic address: Anton.Nilsson@nek.lu.se.
3
Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies, 39182 Kalmar, Sweden; Centre for Economic Demography at Lund University, Sweden; CReAM, University College London, UK; IZA, Germany. Electronic address: Dan-Olof.Rooth@lnu.se.

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

PMID:
24915636
DOI:
10.1016/j.jhealeco.2014.05.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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