Distributional Effects of Education on Health

134 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2019

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Silvia Barcellos

Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR)

Leandro Carvalho

Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR); University of Southern California - Department of Economics

Patrick Turley

Harvard University - Richard B. Simches Research Center

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Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

This paper studies distributional effects of education on health. In 1972, England, Scotland, and Wales raised their minimum school-leaving age from 15 to 16 for students born after 9/1/1957. Using a regression discontinuity design and objective health measures for 0.27 million individuals, we find that education reduced body size and increased blood pressure in middle age. The reduction in body size was concentrated at the upper tail of the distribution with a 7.5 percentage point reduction in obesity. The increase in blood pressure was concentrated at the lower tail of the distribution with no effect on stage 2 hypertension.

Suggested Citation

Barcellos, Silvia and Carvalho, Leandro and Turley, Patrick, Distributional Effects of Education on Health (May 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w25898, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3399279

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