Child Health and Young Adult Outcomes

46 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2008 Last revised: 4 Aug 2010

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Janet Currie

Princeton University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Mark Stabile

INSEAD; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Phongsack Manivong

University of Manitoba

L. L. Roos

University of Manitoba - Manitoba Centre for Health Policy

Date Written: November 2008

Abstract

Previous research has shown a strong connection between birth weight and future child outcomes. But this research has not asked how insults to child health after birth affect long-term outcomes, whether health at birth matters primarily because it predicts future health or through some other mechanism, or whether health insults matter more at some key ages than at others? We address these questions using a unique data set based on public health insurance records for 50,000 children born between 1979 and 1987 in the Canadian province of Manitoba. These children are followed until 2006, and their records are linked to provincial registries with outcomes data. We compare children with health conditions to their own siblings born an average of 3 years apart, and control for health at birth. We find that health problems, and especially mental health problems in early childhood are significant determinants of outcomes linked to adult socioeconomic status.

Suggested Citation

Currie, Janet and Stabile, Mark and Manivong, Phongsack and Roos, Leslie Leon, Child Health and Young Adult Outcomes (November 2008). NBER Working Paper No. w14482, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1301930

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Phongsack Manivong

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Leslie Leon Roos

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