The Effects of Children's ADHD on Parents' Relationship Dissolution and Labor Supply

36 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2011  

Anette Primdal Kvist

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Helena Skyt Nielsen

University of Aarhus - Department of Economics and Business; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marianne Simonsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business

Abstract

This paper uses Danish register-based data for the population of children born in 1990-1997 to investigate the effects on parents of having a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity-disorder (ADHD). Ten years after birth, parents of children diagnosed with ADHD have a 75% higher probability of having dissolved their relationship and a 7-13% lower labor supply. Exploiting detailed information about documented risk factors behind ADHD, we find that roughly half of this gap is due to selection. However, a statistically and economically significant gap is left, which is likely related to the impact of high psychic costs of coping with a child with ADHD.

Keywords: ADHD, child health, marital dissolution, labor supply

JEL Classification: I12, J12, J13, J22

Suggested Citation

Kvist, Anette Primdal and Nielsen, Helena Skyt and Simonsen, Marianne, The Effects of Children's ADHD on Parents' Relationship Dissolution and Labor Supply. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6092. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1958748

Anette Primdal Kvist (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Helena Skyt Nielsen

University of Aarhus - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

Fuglesangs Alle 4
Aarhus, 8210
Denmark

HOME PAGE: http://person.au.dk/hnielsen@econ.au.dk

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Marianne Simonsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

Building 326
DK-8000 Aarhus C
Denmark
+45 8942 1599 (Phone)

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