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ANNA CHORNIY

I am a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Medical Social Sciences and Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Northwestern University. I am also Faculty Associate in the Institute for Policy Research. My research focuses on Health economics and encompasses elements of Industrial Organization and Labor economics.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Chicago IL 60646
312.503.1231
E-mail link: anna.chorniy[*]northwestern.edu

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  • AddItAll: The Effects of ADHD Treatment on Children's Wellbeing.
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    Abstract:

    In 2016, 5.9 million children were diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and 63% of them were taking ADHD medication. However, little causal evidence exists on the effectiveness of ADHD drugs in the long-run, particularly on academic achievement. I compile a unique data set using administrative health, school, and criminal records from South Carolina and use quasi-random assignment of patients to medical providers to estimate causal effects of ADHD medications on multiple aspects of children's wellbeing. The estimated effects are positive in health and behavioral domains, but I find no evidence supporting improved school performance. Only some of the benefits of ADHD medications that accrue to female patients, are experienced by male patients, suggesting overdiagnosis of boys. I further show evidence that at least some of this effect may be coming from mislabeling boys who have other mental health conditions.