This study analyzes the relation between attention-defcit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and later-life labor market outcomes in the United States and whether these relationships are mediated by educational attainment. To overcome endogeneity concerns in the estimation of these relationships, we exploit the polygenic risk score (PRS) for ADHD in a cohort where the diagnosis of and treatment for ADHD were generally not available. We fnd that an increase in the PRS for ADHD reduces the likelihood of employment, individual income, and household wealth. Moreover, it increases the likelihood of receiving social security disability benefts, unemployment or worker compensation, and other governmental transfers. We provide evidence that educational attainment mediates these relationships to a considerable extent (14–58%).

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Keywords ADHD · Educational attainment · Labor market outcomes · Polygenic risk score
JEL Health and Inequality (jel I14), Labor Economics: General (jel J01)
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Journal The European Journal of Health Economics
Rietveld, C.A, & Patel, P.C. (2019). ADHD and later-life labor market outcomes in the United States. The European Journal of Health Economics. Retrieved from