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The Effects of Children's ADHD on Parents' Relationship Dissolution and Labor Supply

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  • Kvist, Anette Primdal

    (Aarhus University)

  • Nielsen, Helena Skyt

    () (Aarhus University)

  • Simonsen, Marianne

    () (Aarhus University)

Abstract

This paper uses Danish register-based data for the population of children born in 1990-1997 to investigate the effects on parents of having a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity-disorder (ADHD). Ten years after birth, parents of children diagnosed with ADHD have a 75% higher probability of having dissolved their relationship and a 7-13% lower labor supply. Exploiting detailed information about documented risk factors behind ADHD, we find that roughly half of this gap is due to selection. However, a statistically and economically significant gap is left, which is likely related to the impact of high psychic costs of coping with a child with ADHD.

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  • Kvist, Anette Primdal & Nielsen, Helena Skyt & Simonsen, Marianne, 2011. "The Effects of Children's ADHD on Parents' Relationship Dissolution and Labor Supply," IZA Discussion Papers 6092, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Dalsgaard, Søren & Nielsen, Helena Skyt & Simonsen, Marianne, 2012. "The Effects of Pharmacological Treatment of ADHD on Children's Health," IZA Discussion Papers 6714, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Keywords

    labor supply; child health; marital dissolution; ADHD;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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