Do Pimples Pay? Acne, Human Capital, and the Labor Market
40 Pages Posted: 5 May 2017
Date Written: May 5, 2017
We use data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health to investigate the association between having acne in middle to high school and subsequent educational and labor market outcomes. We find that the shock of having acne is positively associated with overall grade point average in high school, grades in high-school English, history, math, and science, and the completion of a college degree. The associations are stronger for women and whites than for men and blacks. We also find some evidence that acne is associated with higher personal labor market earnings for women. Knowledge of these associations may provide consolation and hope to teenagers suffering from acne. We further explore possible channels through which acne may affect education and earnings.
Keywords: Acne, grades, educational attainment, wages
JEL Classification: I12, I26, J24
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