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Life-cycle health effects of compulsory schooling

Hendrik Schmitz and Beatrice Baaba Tawiah

No 1006, Ruhr Economic Papers from RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, University of Duisburg-Essen

Abstract: We study the effect of education on health (hospital stays, number of diagnosed conditions, self-rated poor health, and obesity) over the life-cycle in Germany, using compulsory schooling reforms as a source of exogenous variation. Our results suggest a positive correlation of health and education which increases over the life-cycle. We do not, however, find any positive local average treatment effects of an additional year of schooling on health or health care utilization for individuals up to age 79. An exception is obesity, where positive effects of schooling start to be visible around age 60 and become very large in age group 75-79. The results in age group 75-79 need to be interpreted with caution, however, due to small sample size and possible problems of attrition.

Keywords: Education; health; life-cycle effects; compulsory schooling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 I12 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023
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DOI: 10.4419/96973172

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