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Source: Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh
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1. Kaplan, Erin
Ignorance and Bliss: Early Onset Mood Disorders, Human Capital Accumulation, and Labor Market Outcomes in Early Adulthood
Working Paper, Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh
Keyword(s): Crime; Depression (see also CESD); Health, Mental; High School Completion/Graduates; Human Capital; Labor Market Outcomes; Marriage; Substance Use

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Though the link between adolescent depression and high school completion has been demonstrated in several previous studies, this paper extends the analysis of early onset mood disorders to include several long-term outcomes. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 cohort (NLSY-97) this study establishes a link between early onset mood disorders and postsecondary education, labor market outcomes, marriage, criminal activity and substance abuse. This paper contributes to the existing literature in two important ways. First, the NLSY-97 follows respondents from high school into early adulthood, enabling me to make an argument against reverse causality. Second, I observe symptoms of depression over time, which provides insight into the mechanisms by which adolescent depression affects long-term outcomes. The results indicate that the long-term effects of early onset depression are significant, and result from both the initial depressive episode as well as recurrent symptoms experienced later in life.
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Kaplan, Erin. "Ignorance and Bliss: Early Onset Mood Disorders, Human Capital Accumulation, and Labor Market Outcomes in Early Adulthood." Working Paper, Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, 2012.