Economic Conditions at School Leaving and Sleep Patterns Across the Life Course

Johanna Catherine Maclean, Terrence D. Hill

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Abstract

We use data drawn from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Cohort to study the effects of leaving school in an economic downturn on sleep quality and quantity. We account for the potential endogeneity of economic conditions at school leaving using instrumental variables based on birth year and early state of residence. We find that men who leave school in an economic downturn initially experience lower quality sleep, but these men are able to experience improved sleep quality over time. Women who leave school in an economic downturn experience better sleep quality, although the effect emerges over time. We find that leaving school in an economic downturn increases sleep quantity among men and women. We document heterogeneity by work type.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20160142
JournalB.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • economic conditions
  • health production
  • school leaving
  • sleep
  • time allocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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