The Impact of Later Tracking on Mortality by Parental Income in Finland

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 2017-030/V

33 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2017

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Bastian Ravesteijn

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Tinbergen Institute

Hans van Kippersluis

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

Mauricio Avendano

King's College London

Pekka Martikainen

University of Helsinki

Hannu Vessari

Novo Nordisk

Eddy van Doorslaer

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Health Policy and Management

Date Written: February 24, 2017

Abstract

We investigate whether later educational tracking reduced the intergenerational persistence of socioeconomic disparities in mortality in Finland,where the tracking age was raised from 11 to 16 in the 1970s. We use a difference-in-differences approach that exploits the gradual rollout of the reform. We find that late tracking did reduce disparities in mortality around the age of 50 by parental income for men. However, the longevity gains of men from low-income families seem to have come at the cost of increased mortality among men who grew up in high-income families. This raises questions about the welfare implications of the reform.

Keywords: Education, mortality, tracking, Difference-in-Difference, Finland

JEL Classification: C21, I14, I24

Suggested Citation

Ravesteijn, Bastian and van Kippersluis, Hans and Avendano, Mauricio and Martikainen, Pekka and Vessari, Hannu and van Doorslaer, Eddy, The Impact of Later Tracking on Mortality by Parental Income in Finland (February 24, 2017). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 2017-030/V, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2924537 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2924537

Bastian Ravesteijn (Contact Author)

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Hans Van Kippersluis

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

Burg. Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, NL 3062 PA
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Mauricio Avendano

King's College London ( email )

Strand
London, England WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

Pekka Martikainen

University of Helsinki ( email )

University of Helsinki
Helsinki, FIN-00014
Finland

Hannu Vessari

Novo Nordisk ( email )

Novo Allé
Bagsværd, 2880
Denmark

Eddy Van Doorslaer

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Health Policy and Management

Netherlands

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