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Bullying, Education and Labour Market Outcomes: Evidence from the National Child Development Study

  • Sarah Brown

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

  • Karl Taylor

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

We explore the effect of bullying at school on the educational attainment of a sample of individuals drawn from the British National Child Development Study (NCDS). Our empirical findings suggest that school bullying has an adverse effect on human capital accumulation both at and beyond school. Moreover, the impact of bullying on educational attainment at age sixteen is found to be similar in magnitude to class size effects, which have attracted recent attention in the economics literature. Furthermore, in contrast to class size effects, the adverse influence of bullying on human capital attainment remains during adulthood. In addition, being bullied at school directly influences wages received during adulthood as well as indirectly influencing wages via educational attainment.

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Paper provided by The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2005015.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2005
Date of revision: Aug 2005
Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2005015
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