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Education and Mortality: Evidence from a Social Experiment

Meghir, C; Palme, M; Simeonova, E; (2018) Education and Mortality: Evidence from a Social Experiment. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics , 10 (2) pp. 234-256. 10.1257/app.20150365. Green open access

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Abstract

ducational 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.

Type: Article
Title: Education and Mortality: Evidence from a Social Experiment
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1257/app.20150365
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1257/app.20150365
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10089180
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