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An Exploration of the Dynamic Relationship between Health and Cognitive Development in Adolescence

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  • Robert A. Shakotko
  • Linda N. Edwards
  • Michael Grossman

This paper is an empirical exploration of the dynamic relationship between health and cognitive development in a longitudinal data set compiled from two nationally representative cross-sections of children. Our results indicate that there is feedback both from health to cognitive development and from cognitive development to health, but the latter of these relationships is stronger. They also indicate that estimates of family background effects taken from the dynamic model -- which can be assumed to be less influenced by genetic factors are smaller than their cross-sectional counterparts, but some still remain statistically significant. The first finding calls attention to the existence of a continuing inter-action between health and cognitive development over the life cycle. The second finding suggests that nurture "matters" in cognitive development and health outcomes.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 0454.

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Date of creation: Feb 1980
Publication status: published as Shakotko, R.A.; Edwards, L.N.; and Grossman, M. An Exploration of the Dynamic Relationship between Health and Cognitive Development in Adolescence." Health, Economics, and Health Economics, edited by J. van der Gaag and M. Perlman, pp. 305-328. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1981.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:0454
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  1. Michael Grossman, 1976. "The Correlation between Health and Schooling," NBER Chapters,in: Household Production and Consumption, pages 147-224 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Linda N. Edwards & Michael Grossman, 1979. "Adolescent Health, Family Background, and Preventive Medical Care," NBER Working Papers 0398, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Griliches, Zvi, 1977. "Estimating the Returns to Schooling: Some Econometric Problems," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 45(1), pages 1-22, January.
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