Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers,
Lund University, Department of Economics

No 2014:43: Childhood Health and Labor Market Outcomes in the Case of Type 1 Diabetes

Sofie Persson (), Gisela Dahlquist (), Ulf-G. Gerdtham () and Katarina Steen Carlsson ()
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Sofie Persson: Health Economics Unit, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Postal: Medicon Village, 223 81 Lund, Sweden
Gisela Dahlquist: Pediatrics Unit, Department of Clinical Sciences, Umeå University, Sweden
Ulf-G. Gerdtham: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Box 7082, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden
Katarina Steen Carlsson: Health Economics Unit, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Postal: Medicon Village, 223 81 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: This study investigates the impact of childhood health on labor market outcomes. We used type 1 diabetes as an instrument of health because its cause is multifactorial and it is triggered by a complex combination of genetic and environmental components; its incidence is low and unforeseeable for the individual; and its onset may be considered an exogenous health shock. Using data from the Swedish Childhood Diabetes Register and national registers on education, employment, and earnings for 2,485 individuals born in 1972–1978 and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at

Keywords: Health; chronic disease; earnings; employment; education

JEL-codes: I00; I10; I14; J01

35 pages, December 8, 2014

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