College Quality and Young Adult Health Behaviors
58 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2011
Date Written: January 15, 2011
Large literatures have shown important links between the quantity of completed education and health outcomes on one hand and the quality of schooling on a host of adult outcomes, such as wages, on the other hand. However, little research has been targeted to producing evidence of the link between school quality and health. The paper presents the first evidence in the literature on the potential short and intermediate term effects of attending a selective college on health behaviors during and following college attendance. Using a variety of empirical methods, this paper shows strong evidence that college quality reduces tobacco and marijuana use but has small and possibly positive effects on binge drinking. The effects on weight behaviors are suggestive of reduced weight, potentially through diet but not exercise change.
Keywords: college quality, smoking, binge drinking, marijuana, obesity
JEL Classification: I12, I21, J24
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