The Effects of Education and Working Hours on Health: A Multivariate Probit Approach

24 Pages Posted: 2 May 2006

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Udo Schneider

Techniker Krankenkasse

Brit S. Schneider

University of Bayreuth

Date Written: March 2006

Abstract

In the theoretical literature, time and medical services are essential input factors for producing health capital. Here, we use a multi-level approach to consider the role of health relevant behaviour in the health production process. We assume that besides medical services, health relevant behaviour and overweight are central determinants of the assessment of health. The estimation of a multivariate probit model confirms most of the formulated hypotheses about the influence of education, income and labour force status on health behaviour. The results indicate that health policy should encourage investments in education which correspond to investments in health.

Keywords: health production, multivariate probit, education, labour force participation

JEL Classification: I12, C31, D12

Suggested Citation

Schneider, Udo and Schneider, Brit S., The Effects of Education and Working Hours on Health: A Multivariate Probit Approach (March 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=897727 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.897727

Udo Schneider (Contact Author)

Techniker Krankenkasse ( email )

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D-22305 Hamburg
Germany

Brit S. Schneider

University of Bayreuth ( email )

Universitatsstr 30
Bayreuth, D-95447
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.fiwi.uni-bayreuth.de

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