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February 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Economics Seminar | Is ADHD a Severe Disorder? A Re-evaluation of its Labor Market Outcomes, Feb. 17

Joseph Hartge

Joseph Hartge

The Economics Seminar series presents Joseph Hartge and Dr. Patricia Toledo discussing “Is ADHD a severe disorder? A re-evaluation of its labor market outcomes”on Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. in Bentley 302 Annex.

Hartge is an undergraduate student in Economics, and Toledo is Assistant Professor of Economics at Ohio University.

Dr. Patricia Toledo

Dr. Patricia Toledo

Abstract: This paper investigates the fairly recent notion in the economics literature about the gap in salaries and employment of individuals with ADHD. We use the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) to re-evaluate ADHD’s impact on labor market outcomes by considering other common comorbid disorders such as learning disability, depression and anxiety. Our results show that first, salaries of adults with ADHD might not be different—and probably lower—from those who have been diagnosed with depression or learning disabilities. Second, being diagnosed with ADHD would not affect the probability of being employed while their comorbid disorders do. These results suggest that ADHD could not have a severe impact on such labor market outcomes. We develop different robustness checks that confirm these findings.

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