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Long term effects of childhood asthma on adult health

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  • Fletcher, Jason M.
  • Green, Jeremy C.
  • Neidell, Matthew J.

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Childhood asthma is a major chronic condition affecting millions of children in this country, yet little is known about its potential long term consequences. In this paper, we estimate the relationship between childhood asthma and several outcomes as a young adult. To overcome many of the methodological issues plaguing earlier research on this topic, we estimate sibling fixed effect models that correct for measurement error using parental reports of asthma status. In our preferred specification, we find substantial long term impacts of childhood asthma on general health status, obesity, and missed work and school days as a young adult. Broadly, our findings contribute to the growing literature in social sciences on the impacts of early life health conditions on later life health and social outcomes and suggest early treatment of asthma may have long-run benefits on young adult health and socioeconomic outcomes.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 29 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 377-387

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jhecon:v:29:y:2010:i:3:p:377-387

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Keywords: Asthma Sibling fixed effects: Measurement error;

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  1. Rachel Susan Webb & Andrea Menclova, 2013. "Home Heating and Asthma in New Zealand," Working Papers in Economics 13/17, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  2. Sotomayor, Orlando, 2013. "Fetal and infant origins of diabetes and ill health: Evidence from Puerto Rico's 1928 and 1932 hurricanes," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 11(3), pages 281-293.
  3. Morrill, Melinda Sandler, 2011. "The effects of maternal employment on the health of school-age children," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(2), pages 240-257, March.

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