An Exploration of the Dynamic Relationship between Health and Cognitive Development in Adolescence

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Linda N. Edwards

CUNY - The Graduate Center; City University of New York, CUNY Queens College - Department of Economics ; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) - NY Office

Michael Grossman

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

Robert A. Shakotko

Standard & Poor's - Index Services; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: February 1980

Abstract

This paper is an empirical exploration of the dynamic relationship between health and cognitive development in a longitudinal data set compiled from two nationally representative cross-sections of children. Our results indicate that there is feedback both from health to cognitive development and from cognitive development to health, but the latter of these relationships is stronger. They also indicate that estimates of family background effects taken from the dynamic model -- which can be assumed to be less influenced by genetic factors are smaller than their cross-sectional counterparts, but some still remain statistically significant. The first finding calls attention to the existence of a continuing inter-action between health and cognitive development over the life cycle. The second finding suggests that nurture "matters" in cognitive development and health outcomes.

Suggested Citation

Edwards, Linda N. and Grossman, Michael and Shakotko, Robert A., An Exploration of the Dynamic Relationship between Health and Cognitive Development in Adolescence (February 1980). NBER Working Paper No. w0454. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=262074

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