Short, Medium, and Long Term Consequences of Poor Infant Health: An Analysis Using Siblings and Twins

53 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2006 Last revised: 29 Jun 2009

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Philip Oreopoulos

University of Toronto - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

Mark Stabile

INSEAD; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Randy Walld

affiliation not provided to SSRN

L. L. Roos

University of Manitoba - Manitoba Centre for Health Policy

Date Written: February 2006

Abstract

We use administrative data on a sample of births between 1978 and 1985 to investigate the short, medium and long-term consequences of poor infant health. Our findings offer several advances to the existing literature on the effects of early infant health on subsequent health, education, and labor force attachment. First, we use a large sample of both siblings and twins, second we use a variety of measures of infant health, and finally we track children through their schooling years and into the labor force. Our findings suggest that poor infant health is a strong predictor of educational and labor force outcomes. In particular, infant health is found to predict both high school completion and social assistance (welfare) take-up and length.

Suggested Citation

Oreopoulos, Philip and Stabile, Mark and Walld, Randy and Roos, Leslie Leon, Short, Medium, and Long Term Consequences of Poor Infant Health: An Analysis Using Siblings and Twins (February 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w11998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=881232

Philip Oreopoulos (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Department of Economics ( email )

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Mark Stabile

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Randy Walld

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Leslie Leon Roos

University of Manitoba - Manitoba Centre for Health Policy ( email )

University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus
Winnipeg
Canada

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