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Education and Mortality: Evidence from a Social Experiment

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

No 17932, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We examine the effects of a major Swedish educational reform, that increased the years of compulsory schooling, on mortality and health. 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 cohorts. 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 SES backgrounds, on deaths that are more likely to be affected by behavior, on hospitalizations, and consumption of prescribed drugs.

JEL-codes: I12 I18 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2012-03
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Forthcoming at American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
Published as Costas Meghir & Mårten Palme & Emilia Simeonova, 2018. "Education and Mortality: Evidence from a Social Experiment," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, vol 10(2), pages 234-256.

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