The Association between Educational Attainment and Longevity Using Individual Level Data from the 1940 Census

69 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2020

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Adriana Lleras-Muney

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Economics

Joseph Price

Brigham Young University

Dahai Yue

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 2020

Abstract

We combine newly released individual data from the 1940 full-count census with death records and other information available in family trees to create the largest individual data to date to study the association between years of schooling and age at death. Conditional on surviving to age 35, one additional year of education is associated with roughly 0.4 more years of life for both men and women for cohorts born 1906-1915. This association is close to linear but exhibits strong credentialing effects, particularly for men, and is substantially smaller for cohorts born earlier. This association varies substantially by state of birth, but it is not smaller in states with higher levels of education or longevity. For men the association is stronger in places with greater incomes, higher quality of school, and larger investments in public health. Women also exhibit great heterogeneity in the association, but our measures of the childhood environment do not explain it.

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Suggested Citation

Lleras-Muney, Adriana and Price, Joseph and Yue, Dahai, The Association between Educational Attainment and Longevity Using Individual Level Data from the 1940 Census (July 2020). NBER Working Paper No. w27514, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3649878

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Dahai Yue

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