Department of Economics
University of Notre Dame
434 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|July 2013||The Effect of College Education on Health|
with Kasey Buckles, Ofer Malamud, Melinda S. Morrill, Abigail K. Wozniak: w19222
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.