The Role of Child Health and Economic Status in Educational, Health, and Labour Market Outcomes in Young Adulthood

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Paul Contoyannis

McMaster University - Department of Economics

Martin D. Dooley

McMaster University - Department of Economics

Abstract

The Ontario Child Health Study provides the first opportunity in Canada to assess directly the relationship between socio-economic and health status in childhood and levels of completed schooling, health status, and labour market success in young adulthood. We find that childhood health problems are negatively associated with educational attainment, especially the probability of a university degree, and the health status of young adults. Our results also imply that childhood health problems influence adult labour force outcomes, especially for males, mainly through adult levels of schooling and health.

Suggested Citation

Contoyannis, Paul and Dooley, Martin D., The Role of Child Health and Economic Status in Educational, Health, and Labour Market Outcomes in Young Adulthood. Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d'économique, Vol. 43, Issue 1, pp. 323-346, February / fevrier 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1539188 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5982.2009.01574.x

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