The effect of childhood conduct disorder on human capital

Dinand Webbink, Sunčica Vujić, Pierre Koning, Nicholas G Martin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper estimates the longer-term effects of childhood conduct disorder on human capital accumulation and violent and criminal behavior later in life using data of Australian twins. We measure conduct disorder with a rich set of indicators based on diagnostic criteria from psychiatry. Using ordinary least squares and twin fixed effects estimation approaches, we find that early-age (pre-18) conduct disorder problems significantly affect both human capital accumulation and violent and criminal behavior over the life course. In addition, we find that conduct disorder is more deleterious if these behaviors occur earlier in life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)928-945
Number of pages18
JournalHealth Economics
Volume21
Issue number8
Early online date16 Aug 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

    Fingerprint

Cite this

Webbink, D., Vujić, S., Koning, P., & Martin, N. G. (2012). The effect of childhood conduct disorder on human capital. Health Economics, 21(8), 928-945. https://doi.org/10.1002/hec.1767