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Title: The interaction between health, education and life outcomes from childhood to adulthood
Author: de Araujo Roland, Daniel
ISNI:       0000 0004 7427 8806
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis is formed of three empirical chapters using data from the United Kingdom. The chapters do not build on one another. Instead, they are self-contained and explore different facets of the interaction between health and education, how they affect each other and how they affect other life outcomes. Education and health are well known to be correlated since the second half of the 20th century with the works from Coleman (1966), Kitagawa and Hauser (1973) and Grossman (1976). Many studies have followed, exploring different aspects of this correlation and the thesis aims to provide further information on two of the hypothesis that explain this correlation. The first states that education affects health as people gain skills and knowledge enabling them to make better decisions regarding their health. The second hypothesis suggests that health can affect educational performance as shown by Glewwe et al. (2001) and Bobonis et al. (2006) among many others. The thesis also focus on how health and education each affects other life outcomes, not just one another. This leads to a greater understanding of the importance of health and education. As the three chapters analyse different aspects of the same topic, some information overlap can be found in each of them, despite each one having different a focus. The first chapter explores the returns to education from a non-monetary, or non-economic, perspective. Following the UK's higher education tuition fees increase in 2012, the importance of understanding what are the returns to education increased as individuals conduct a costbenefits analysis before deciding whether or not to pursue higher education. If the costs are increasing, it is important to understand what are the benefits. However, most studies assessing returns to education focus on monetary returns. The impact on health status and health behaviour, for example, is considered a wider return. And this is the focus of this chapter and its main contribution - what are the effects of having a degree on health outcomes and behaviour? And do these effects differ according to the type of degrees? By combining both economic and non-economic returns to education, individuals can truly assess the benefits of pursuing higher education and make a more informed decision, reducing information asymmetry and having an equilibrium that is closer to the socially optimum. In order to achieve this objective this chapter made use of the National Child Development Study (NCDS), a British survey that started in 1958 and is following cohort members as they progress through life. Using information on health status and behaviour as outcome variables from each survey from 1981 to 2008, together with the individuals' higher education condition, the results showed a clear positive impact. Having a degree increased self-reported quality of health and decreased the incidence of malaises and smoking frequency. The analysis of different degrees showed no evidence that the wider benefits from higher education differed across degrees, unlike the results for economic returns. The second chapter is focused on mental health at an early age and its impact on future life outcomes. Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most prevailing mental illnesses in young people, accounting for half the cases of mental disorders. Mental health has slowly gained attention in the health economics literature as now most developed countries managed to secure good health standards for children. Therefore, the main contribution from this chapter is providing further knowledge of how one of the most common mental disorders affects individuals throughout the course of their lives by using a number of outcome variables ranging from labour market outcomes to physical health status and behaviour. This chapter used data from the British Cohort Study (BCS70), a survey that started in 1970. It is the third longitudinal study in the UK and contains a rich socioeconomic questionnaire, including information that allows for the identification of children potentially diagnosed with ADHD according to the definitions of the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). The effects of ADHD can be seen early on in educational achievements as individuals with ADHD are less likely to have a higher degree or an equivalent vocational qualification, and the effects can extend to later life outcomes such as a greater likelihood of unemployment, employment at part-time jobs, lower probability of being in a managerial position and lower income. The third chapter in this thesis aimed at evaluating the effects of health shocks in educational outcomes at an early age. There is robust evidence that health conditions affect academic performance, especially at an early age. However, most of the evidence comes from developing countries where the variance of health status among children is much greater than in developed countries. There are a few exceptions such as Ding et al. (2009), but the unbalance is clear. The purpose of this work is, therefore, to use one of the newest information available in the UK to fill the gap in knowledge. The Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) is the first longitudinal study of the new millennium. It started in 2000-2001 with the purpose to continue UK's long established tradition in collecting information to help guide public policy. The results from the chapter show that the period of life in which children are affected by a transitory health shock is important to determine how much their performance in tests is affected. Children who reported a longstanding illness in the twelve months leading up to their eleventh birthday were mildly affected in comparison to healthy children between ages seven and eleven. When comparing the same children at the age of fourteen, when both groups were healthy, there was no evidence of any differences in performance. However, when comparing children with a longstanding illness in the twelve months leading up to age fourteen with children who were healthy between ages eleven and fourteen, there was a significant negative effect, suggesting that longstanding illnesses affect children differently according to the period of their lives.
Supervisor: Barde, Sylvain Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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