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The role of child health and economic status in educational, health, and labour market outcomes in young adulthood

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  • Paul Contoyannis
  • Martin Dooley

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The Ontario Child Health Study provides the first opportunity in Canada to assess directly the relationship between socio-economic and health status in childhood and levels of completed schooling, health status, and labour market success in young adulthood. We find that childhood health problems are negatively associated with educational attainment, especially the probability of a university degree, and the health status of young adults. Our results also imply that childhood health problems influence adult labour force outcomes, especially for males, mainly through adult levels of schooling and health.

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  • Paul Contoyannis & Martin Dooley, 2010. "The role of child health and economic status in educational, health, and labour market outcomes in young adulthood," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 43(1), pages 323-346, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:43:y:2010:i:1:p:323-346
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5982.2009.01574.x
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