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The FDA and ABCs: Unintended Consequences of Antidepressant Warnings on Human Capital

The FDA and ABCs: Unintended Consequences of Antidepressant Warnings on Human Capital ABSTRACT: Using annual cross-sectional data on over 100,000 adolescents aged 12–17, we studied academic and behavioral outcomes among those who were and were not likely affected by FDA warnings regarding the safety of antidepressants. Compared to other adolescents, adolescents with probable depression experienced a relative decline in grade point average of 0.14 points following the FDA warnings. The FDA warnings also coincided with increased delinquency, use of tobacco, and use of illicit drugs. Together, our results stress the importance of mental health and its treatment as an input into cognitive and noncognitive aspects of human capital. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Human Resources University of Wisconsin Press

The FDA and ABCs: Unintended Consequences of Antidepressant Warnings on Human Capital

Journal of Human Resources , Volume 49 (3) – Aug 11, 2014

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ABSTRACT: Using annual cross-sectional data on over 100,000 adolescents aged 12–17, we studied academic and behavioral outcomes among those who were and were not likely affected by FDA warnings regarding the safety of antidepressants. Compared to other adolescents, adolescents with probable depression experienced a relative decline in grade point average of 0.14 points following the FDA warnings. The FDA warnings also coincided with increased delinquency, use of tobacco, and use of illicit drugs. Together, our results stress the importance of mental health and its treatment as an input into cognitive and noncognitive aspects of human capital.

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Journal of Human ResourcesUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Aug 11, 2014

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