The Effect of Migraine Headache on Educational Attainment

60 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2009

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Daniel I. Rees

University of Colorado Denver; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Joseph J. Sabia

San Diego State University - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 24, 2009

Abstract

Despite the fact that migraine headache is common and debilitating, very little is known about its effect on educational attainment. Using data drawn from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we estimate the relationship between migraine headache and four outcomes: high school grade point average, years of schooling completed, high school graduation, and college attendance. Across a wide set of empirical strategies designed to control for the influence of unmeasured heterogeneity, our results provide consistent evidence that migraine headache negatively impacts human capital accumulation. The relationship between migraine headache and educational attainment is explained, in part, through its effect on excused school absences and the respondent’s self-reported ability to pay attention in class and complete homework.

Keywords: migraine headache, schooling, human capital

JEL Classification: I1, I2, I18

Suggested Citation

Rees, Daniel I. and Sabia, Joseph J., The Effect of Migraine Headache on Educational Attainment (June 24, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1424948 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1424948

Daniel I. Rees

University of Colorado Denver ( email )

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Joseph J. Sabia (Contact Author)

San Diego State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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San Diego, CA 92182
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