Condemned in childhood: bully victimization and labour market outcomes

Isbat Ibn Hasnat, Adnan M.S. Fakir

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Bullying not only has immediate effects but also constitutes long-term impacts on a child’s life. We use the Young Lives dataset, spanning India, Peru, Vietnam, and Ethiopia, to understand the effects of adolescent bully victimization on adulthood labour market outcomes. Utilizing an instrumental variable approach, we find evidence that being bullied during adolescence reduces the likelihood of an individual’s enrolment into tertiary education while increasing the likelihood of labour market participation. Victims are also likely to work longer hours and days while earning less than their non-abused peers. This may be due to lower hourly wages. We propose the need for increased awareness and education policies designed to deter school-level bullying, which could result in significant human capital gain.

Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Aug 2021


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