The Effect of Education on Adult Mortality and Health: Evidence from Britain
Damon Clark and
Heather Royer ()
American Economic Review, 2013, vol. 103, issue 6, 2087-2120
There is a strong, positive, and well-documented correlation between education and health outcomes. In this paper, we attempt to understand to what extent this relationship is causal. Our approach exploits two changes to British compulsory schooling laws that generated sharp across-cohort differences in educational attainment. Using regression discontinuity methods, we find the reforms did not affect health although the reforms impacted educational attainment and wages. Our results suggest caution as to the likely health returns to educational interventions focused on increasing educational attainment among those at risk of dropping out of high school, a target of recent health policy efforts.
JEL-codes: H52 I12 I21 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.6.2087
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (129) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Access to full text is restricted to AEA members and institutional subscribers.
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:103:y:2013:i:6:p:2087-2120
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
Access Statistics for this article
American Economic Review is currently edited by Esther Duflo
More articles in American Economic Review from American Economic Association Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Michael P. Albert ().