Child mental health and human capital accumulation: the case of ADHD revisited

J Health Econ. 2008 May;27(3):794-800. doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2007.10.010. Epub 2007 Dec 7.


In volume 25, issue 6 of this journal, Janet Currie and Mark Stabile (JCMS,) made a significant contribution to our understanding of the influence of ADHD symptoms on a variety of school outcomes including participation in special education, grade repetition and test scores. Their contributions include using a broad sample of children and estimating sibling fixed effects models to control for unobserved family effects. In this comment we look at a sample of older children and confirm and extend many of the JCMS findings in terms of a broader set of measures of human capital and additional specifications.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity*
  • Canada
  • Child
  • Child Development*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Educational Status*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • United States