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Professor of Economics
HMI; Social Policy
Currie J., Stabile M., Manivong P., Roos L. (2010). Child Health and Young Adult Outcomes Journal of Human Resources, 45(3), pp. 517-548.
Research has shown a strong connection between birth weight and future outcomes. The authors ask how health problems after birth affect outcomes using data from public health insurance records for 50,000 children born between 1979 and 1987 in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The authors compare children to siblings born an average of three years apart.The authors find that health problems in early childhood are significant predictors of young adult outcomes. Early physical health problems are linked to outcomes primarily because they predict later health.Early mental health problems have additional predictive power even conditional on future health and health at birth.