Journal Article

The Relationship Between Education and Adult Mortality in the United States

Adriana Lleras-Muney

in The Review of Economic Studies

Published on behalf of Review of Economic Studies Ltd

Volume 72, issue 1, pages 189-221
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 0034-6527
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1467-937X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0034-6527.00329
The Relationship Between Education and Adult Mortality in the United States

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Prior research has uncovered a large and positive correlation between education and health. This paper examines whether education has a causal impact on health. I follow synthetic cohorts using successive U.S. censuses to estimate the impact of educational attainment on mortality rates. I use compulsory education laws from 1915 to 1939 as instruments for education. The results suggest that education has a causal impact on mortality, and that this effect is perhaps larger than has been previously estimated in the literature.

Keywords: I12; I21; N32; N42

Journal Article.  12532 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economics of Health ; Labour and Demographic Economics ; Economic History ; Education and Research Institutions

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