The Effect of College Education on Health
NBER Working Paper No. 19222
Issued in July 2013
NBER Program(s): ED HE LS PE
We exploit exogenous variation in college completion induced by draft-avoidance behavior during the Vietnam War to examine the impact of college completion on adult mortality. Our preferred estimates imply that increasing college completion rates from the level of the state with the lowest induced rate to the highest would decrease cumulative mortality by 28 percent relative to the mean. Most of the reduction in mortality is from deaths due to cancer and heart disease. We also explore potential mechanisms, including differential earnings, health insurance, and health behaviors, using data from the Census, ACS, and NHIS.
The NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health provides summaries of publications like this.
You can sign up to receive the NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health by email.
Machine-readable bibliographic record -
Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w19222
Users who downloaded this paper also downloaded* these:
|Gertler, Heckman, Pinto, Zanolini, Vermeersch, Walker, Chang-Lopez, and Grantham-McGregor
||w19185 Labor Market Returns to Early Childhood Stimulation: a 20-year Followup to an Experimental Intervention in Jamaica
|Oreopoulos and Petronijevic
||w19053 Making College Worth It: A Review of Research on the Returns to Higher Education
|Bleakley, Costa, and Lleras-Muney
||w19162 Health, Education and Income in the United States, 1820-2000
|Garthwaite, Gross, and Notowidigdo
||w19220 Public Health Insurance, Labor Supply, and Employment Lock
|Cutler and Lleras-Muney
||w12352 Education and Health: Evaluating Theories and Evidence