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Compulsory Schooling Reforms, Education and Mortality in Twentieth Century Europe


Christina Gathmann


Alfred-Weber Institut; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Hendrik Jürges


University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Steffen Reinhold


University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA)

March 12, 2012

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3755

Abstract:     
Education yields substantial non-monetary benefits, but the size of these gains is still debated. Previous studies, for example, report contradictory effects of education and compulsory schooling on mortality - ranging from zero to large mortality reductions. Using data from 19 compulsory schooling reforms implemented in Europe during the twentieth century, we quantify the mean mortality effect and explore its dispersion across gender, time and countries. We find that men benefit from compulsory education both in the shorter and longer run. In contrast, compulsory schooling reforms have little or no effect on mortality for women.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 46

Keywords: compulsory schooling, education, mortality, Europe

JEL Classification: I120, I210, I280

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Date posted: March 12, 2012  

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Gathmann, Christina and Jürges, Hendrik and Reinhold, Steffen, Compulsory Schooling Reforms, Education and Mortality in Twentieth Century Europe (March 12, 2012). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3755. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2020246

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Christina Gathmann (Contact Author)
Alfred-Weber Institut ( email )
Bergheimer Str. 20
Heidelberg, 69115
Germany
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Bonn, D-53072
Germany
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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )
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Munich, DE-81679
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.stanford.edu/~cgathman
Hendrik Jürges
University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA) ( email )
D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )
Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany
Steffen Reinhold
University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA) ( email )
D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

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