Causal effects of alcoholism on earnings: estimates from the NLSY
Article first published online: 13 MAR 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 15, Issue 8, pages 849–871, August 2006
How to Cite
Jones, A. S. and Richmond, D. W. (2006), Causal effects of alcoholism on earnings: estimates from the NLSY. Health Econ., 15: 849–871. doi: 10.1002/hec.1109
- Issue published online: 7 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 13 MAR 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 JAN 2006
- Manuscript Received: 31 AUG 2004
- National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Grant Number: R01 AA11071
- Office of Research on Women's Health. Grant Number: R01 AA11071
- labor force;
- propensity score
Propensity score matching is used to investigate the causal relationship between alcoholism and earnings in a young cohort of males and females drawn from the 1989 and 1994 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) in order to investigate productivity losses attributed to alcoholism and to quantify these effects. Results suggest that there are productivity losses attributable to alcoholism; that they become more pronounced over the life cycle; and that they differ between men and women. Ways in which estimates from propensity score matching may or may not improve on instrumental variables estimates are discussed. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.