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Education and Mortality: Evidence from a Social Experiment

Costas Meghir (), Mårten Palme () and Emilia Simeonova

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2018, vol. 10, issue 2, 234-56

Abstract: We examine the effects on mortality and health due to a major Swedish educational reform that increased the years of compulsory schooling. Using the gradual phase-in of the reform between 1949 and 1962 across municipalities, we estimate insignificant effects of the reform on mortality in the affected cohort. From the confidence intervals, we can rule out effects larger than 1–1.4 months of increased life expectancy. We find no significant impacts on mortality for individuals of low socioeconomic status backgrounds, on deaths that are more likely to be affected by behavior, on hospitalizations, and consumption of prescribed drugs.

JEL-codes: H52 I12 I21 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.20150365
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