Leslie L. Roos
University of Manitoba
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|November 2008||Child Health and Young Adult Outcomes|
with Janet Currie, Mark Stabile, Phongsack Manivong: w14482
Previous research has shown a strong connection between birth weight and future child outcomes. But this research has not asked how insults to child health after birth affect long-term outcomes, whether health at birth matters primarily because it predicts future health or through some other mechanism, or whether health insults matter more at some key ages than at others? We address these questions using a unique data set based on public health insurance records for 50,000 children born between 1979 and 1987 in the Canadian province of Manitoba. These children are followed until 2006, and their records are linked to provincial registries with outcomes data. We compare children with health conditions to their own siblings born an average of 3 years apart, and control for health at birth...
Published: Janet Currie & Mark Stabile & Phongsack Manivong & Leslie L. Roos, 2010.
"Child Health and Young Adult Outcomes,"
Journal of Human Resources,
University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 45(3).
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|February 2006||Short, Medium, and Long Term Consequences of Poor Infant Health: An Analysis using Siblings and Twins|
with Phil Oreopoulos, Mark Stabile, Randy Walld: w11998
We use administrative data on a sample of births between 1978 and 1985 to investigate the short, medium and long-term consequences of poor infant health. Our findings offer several advances to the existing literature on the effects of early infant health on subsequent health, education, and labor force attachment. First, we use a large sample of both siblings and twins, second we use a variety of measures of infant health, and finally we track children through their schooling years and into the labor force. Our findings suggest that poor infant health is a strong predictor of educational and labor force outcomes. In particular, infant health is found to predict both high school completion and social assistance (welfare) take-up and length.
Published: Oreopoulos, Philip, Mark Stabile, Leslie Roos, and Randy Walld. “The Short, Medium, and Long Term Effects of Poor Infant Health.” Journal of Human Resources 43, 1 (2008): 88-138. citation courtesy of