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Education and Mortality: Evidence from a Social Experiment
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Number of Authors: 32018 (English)In: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, ISSN 1945-7782, E-ISSN 1945-7790, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 234-256Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We examine the effects on mortality and health due to a major Swedish educationol 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 con 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.

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2018. Vol. 10, no 2, p. 234-256
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-155965DOI: 10.1257/app.20150365ISI: 000429600800008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-155965DiVA, id: diva2:1206293
Available from: 2018-05-16 Created: 2018-05-16 Last updated: 2018-05-16Bibliographically approved

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