Date of Award

Spring 5-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Behavioral and Computational Economics

First Advisor

Dr. Hillard Kaplan

Second Advisor

Dr. Stephen Rassenti


Even though the relationship between the health of infants/children and future outcomes has been established in many studies, little evidence has shown the impact of adolescent health. We extend the literature by exploiting the data from Add Health. We show that poor adolescent health has a significantly negative influence on adulthood outcomes. Among the health problems, mental illnesses have significantly persistent effects. Though specific diagnoses can predict general health measure, they are to some extent independent. We further explore the mediators linking health measures and educational attainment. The validity and effect size of the hypothesized mediators are also tested.



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