CASE LSE RSS Email Twitter Facebook

Abstract for:

Early Health Related Behaviours and their Impact on Later Life Chances: Evidence from the US (OUT (publ. in Health Economics, 7(5), 1998)

Simon Burgess,  Carol Propper,  February 1998
Paper No' CASE 006: Full paper (pdf)
Tags: employment and income; income inequalities; wealth and social mobility; wealth and assets; children, families and education; children and child poverty; housing, neighbourhoods and environment; neighbourhoods and communities; alcohol and drug consumption; anti-social behaviour; earnings; marriage


This paper uses evidence from the US to examine the impact of adolescent illegal consumption and violent behaviour on later life chances. Specifically, we look at the effect of such behaviour by young men in late adolscence on productivity and household formation ten years on. We find that alcohol and soft drug consumption have no harmful effects on economic prospects in later life. In contrast, hard drug consumption and violent behaviour in adolescence are both associated with lower productivity even by the time the individuals are in their late twenties. These effects are substantial and affect earnings levels and earnings growth. These results are robust to the inclusion of a rich set of additional controls measuring aspects of the individuals' backgrounds. However, we find no evidence of any of these behaviours significantly affecting household formation.