The Effects of Pharmacological Treatment of ADHD on Children's Health
University of Aarhus
Helena Skyt Nielsen
University of Aarhus - Department of Economics and Business; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6714
We are the first to investigate longer-term effects of pharmacological treatment of ADHD on children's health. We rely on a difference-in-differences strategy while exploiting Danish register-based panel data for children born in 1990-1999. We study effects of treatment initiated between ages five and ten and document that treated children benefit in terms of fewer hospital contacts in general, fewer emergency ward contacts, and fewer injuries. Estimated effects are large: early treatment is effective in reducing the probability of at least one hospital contact in a given year with around 30% compared to the mean. Effects are significantly smaller in later cohorts where more children are diagnosed and treated.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 52
Keywords: ADHD, evaluation, health
JEL Classification: I1
Date posted: July 21, 2012
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