Effects of Weight on Adolescent Educational Attainment
AbstractIn this paper, we investigate the association between weight and adolescent's educational attainment, as measured by highest grade attended, highest grade completed, and drop out status. Data for the study came from the 1997 cohort of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), which contains a large, national sample of teens between the ages of 14 and 18. We obtained estimates of the association between weight and educational attainment using several regression model specifications that controlled for a variety of observed characteristics. Our results suggest that, in general, teens that are overweight or obese have levels of attainment that are about the same as teens with average weight.
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Date of creation: May 2009
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Publication status: published as Robert Kaestner, Michael Grossman, Benjamin Yarnoff. "Effects of Weight on Adolescent Educational Attainment," in Michael Grossman and Naci H. Mocan, editors, "Economic Aspects of Obesity" University of Chicago Press (2011)
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- Robert Kaestner & Michael Grossman & Benjamin Yarnoff, 2011. "Effects of Weight on Adolescent Educational Attainment," NBER Chapters, in: Economic Aspects of Obesity, pages 283-313 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
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- NEP-ALL-2009-05-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-HEA-2009-05-23 (Health Economics)
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