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The Effects of Pharmacological Treatment of ADHD on Children's Health


Søren Dalsgaard


University of Aarhus

Helena Skyt Nielsen


University of Aarhus - Department of Economics and Business; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Marianne Simonsen


Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business


IZA Discussion Paper No. 6714

Abstract:     
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

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Date posted: July 21, 2012  

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Dalsgaard, Søren and Nielsen, Helena Skyt and Simonsen, Marianne, The Effects of Pharmacological Treatment of ADHD on Children's Health. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6714. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2114894

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Søren Dalsgaard (Contact Author)
University of Aarhus
Helena Skyt Nielsen
University of Aarhus - Department of Economics and Business ( email )
Fuglesangs Alle 4
Aarhus, 8210
Denmark
HOME PAGE: http://mit.econ.au.dk/vip_htm/hnielsen/
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Marianne Simonsen
Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business ( email )
Building 326
DK-8000 Aarhus C
Denmark
+45 8942 1599 (Phone)
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