Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/196739
Authors: 
Gorman, Emma
Harmon, Colm P.
Mendolia, Silvia
Staneva, Anita
Walker, Ian
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 12241
Abstract: 
We use rich data on a cohort of English adolescents to analyse the long-term effects of experiencing bullying victimisation in junior high school. The data contain self-reports of five types of bullying and their frequency, for three waves of the data, when the pupils were aged 13 to 16 years. Using a variety of estimation strategies - least squares, matching, inverse probability weighting, and instrumental variables - we assess the effects of bullying victimisation on short- and long-term outcomes, including educational achievements, earnings, and mental ill-health at age 25 years. We handle potential measurement error in the child self-reports of bullying type and frequency by instrumenting with corresponding parental cross-reports. Using a detailed longitudinal survey linked to administrative data, we control for many of the determinants of bullying victimisation and child outcomes identified in previous literature, paired with comprehensive sensitivity analyses to assess the potential role of unobserved variables. The pattern of results strongly suggests that there are important long run effects on victims - stronger than correlation analysis would otherwise suggest. In particular, we find that both type of bullying and its intensity matters for long run outcomes.
Subjects: 
bullying
victimization
long term outcomes
JEL: 
I21
I24
I26
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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