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The Impact of Poor Health on Education: New Evidence Using Genetic Markers

  • Weili Ding

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    (Queen's University)

  • Steven Lehrer

    ()

    (Queen's University)

  • J. Niles Rosenquist

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Janet Audrain-McGovern

    (University of Pennsylvania)

This paper examines the influence of health conditions on academic performance during adolescence. To account for the endogeneity of health outcomes and their interactions with risky behaviors we exploit natural variation within a set of genetic markers across individuals. We present strong evidence that these genetic markers serve as valid instruments with good statistical properties for ADHD, depression and obesity. They help to reveal a new dynamism from poor health to lower academic achievement with substantial heterogeneity in their impacts across genders. Our investigation further exposes the considerable challenges in identifying health impacts due to the prevalence of comorbid health conditions and endogenous health behaviors.

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Paper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1045.

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Length: 59 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2006
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