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ERIC Number: EJ883111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
The Economic Value of Teeth
Glied, Sherry; Neidell, Matthew
Journal of Human Resources, v45 n2 p468-496 Mar 2010
This paper examines the effect of oral health on labor market outcomes by exploiting variation in fluoridated water exposure during childhood. The politics surrounding the adoption of water fluoridation by local governments suggests exposure to fluoride is exogenous to other factors affecting earnings. Exposure to fluoridated water increases women's earnings by approximately 4 percent, but has no detectable effect for men. Furthermore, the effect is largely concentrated amongst women from families of low socioeconomic status. We find little evidence to support occupational sorting, statistical discrimination, and productivity as potential channels, with some evidence supporting consumer and possibly employer discrimination. (Contains 1 chart, 2 figures, 9 tables, and 24 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York; Tennessee
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth; Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale