The Impact of Poor Health on Education: New Evidence Using Genetic Markers

71 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2006 Last revised: 6 Apr 2022

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Weili Ding

Queen's University

Steven F. Lehrer

Queen's University (Canada), Faculty of Arts & Science, Department of Economics, Students; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Niels J. Rosenquist

Harvard University - Massachusetts General Hospital

Janet Audrain-McGovern

University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine

Date Written: June 2006

Abstract

This paper examines the influence of health conditions on academic performance during adolescence. To account for the endogeneity of health outcomes and their interactions with risky behaviors we exploit natural variation within a set of genetic markers across individuals. We present strong evidence that these genetic markers serve as valid instruments with good statistical properties for ADHD, depression and obesity. They help to reveal a new dynamism from poor health to lower academic achievement with substantial heterogeneity in their impacts across genders. Our investigation further exposes the considerable challenges in identifying health impacts due to the prevalence of comorbid health conditions and endogenous health behaviors.

Suggested Citation

Ding, Weili and Lehrer, Steven F. and Rosenquist, Niels J. and Audrain-McGovern, Janet, The Impact of Poor Health on Education: New Evidence Using Genetic Markers (June 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12304, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=910836

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Steven F. Lehrer

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Niels J. Rosenquist

Harvard University - Massachusetts General Hospital

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Janet Audrain-McGovern

University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine ( email )

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