Does Education Improve Health? A Reexamination of the Evidence from Compulsory Schooling Laws
15 Pages Posted: 19 May 2008
This article analyzes the impact of compulsory schooling laws early in the twentieth century on long-term health. The author finds no compelling evidence for a causal link between education and health using this research design. Further, the results suggest that only a small fraction of health conditions are affected by education, and several of those are conditions, such as sight and hearing, where economic theories don't appear to be relevant.
Keywords: education, mortality, health, compulsory schooling, Health Production: Nutrition, Mortality, Morbidity, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Disability, and Economic Behavior, Demographic Trends and Forecasts, Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Income
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