Early Health Related Behaviours and Their Impact on Later Life Chances: Evidence from the Us (Out (Publ. In Health Economics, 7(5), 1998)

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Carol Propper

Imperial College London Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO)

Date Written: February 1998

Abstract

This paper uses evidence from the US to examine the impact of adolescent illegal consumption and violent behaviour on later life chances. Specifically, we look at the effect of such behaviour by young men in late adolscence on productivity and household formation ten years on. We find that alcohol and soft drug consumption have no harmful effects on economic prospects in later life. In contrast, hard drug consumption and violent behaviour in adolescence are both associated with lower productivity even by the time the individuals are in their late twenties. These effects are substantial and affect earnings levels and earnings growth. These results are robust to the inclusion of a rich set of additional controls measuring aspects of the individuals' backgrounds. However, we find no evidence of any of these behaviours significantly affecting household formation.

Suggested Citation

Propper, Carol, Early Health Related Behaviours and Their Impact on Later Life Chances: Evidence from the Us (Out (Publ. In Health Economics, 7(5), 1998) (February 1998). LSE STICERD Research Paper No. CASE006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1158897

Carol Propper

Imperial College London Business School ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) ( email )

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Bristol BS8 1TN
United Kingdom

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