Effects of Weight on Adolescent Educational Attainment

44 Pages Posted: 26 May 2009 Last revised: 4 Sep 2010

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Robert Kaestner

University of Chicago; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Michael Grossman

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), NY Office; CUNY The Graduate Center - Department of Economics

Ben Yarnoff

University of Illinois at Chicago

Date Written: May 2009

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the association between weight and adolescent's educational attainment, as measured by highest grade attended, highest grade completed, and drop out status. Data for the study came from the 1997 cohort of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), which contains a large, national sample of teens between the ages of 14 and 18. We obtained estimates of the association between weight and educational attainment using several regression model specifications that controlled for a variety of observed characteristics. Our results suggest that, in general, teens that are overweight or obese have levels of attainment that are about the same as teens with average weight.

Suggested Citation

Kaestner, Robert and Grossman, Michael and Yarnoff, Ben, Effects of Weight on Adolescent Educational Attainment (May 2009). NBER Working Paper No. w14994. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1408914

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