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Does education improve health? A reexamination of the evidence from compulsory schooling laws

Bhashkar Mazumder ()

Economic Perspectives, 2008, vol. 32, issue Q II, 2-16

Abstract: This article analyzes the impact of compulsory schooling laws early in the twentieth century on long-term health. The author finds no compelling evidence for a causal link between education and health using this research design. Further, the results suggest that only a small fraction of health conditions are affected by education, and several of those are conditions, such as sight and hearing, where economic theories don?t appear to be relevant.

Keywords: Education - Economic aspects; Health (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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