Education, Cognition, Health Knowledge, and Health Behavior
AbstractUsing data from NLSY97 we analyze the impact of education on health behavior. Controlling for health knowledge does not influence the impact of education on health behavior, supporting the productive efficiency hypothesis. Although cognition, as measured by test scores, appears to have an effect on the relationship between education and health behavior, this effect disappears once the models control for family fixed effects. Similarly, the impact of education on health behavior is the same between those with and without a learning disability, suggesting that cognition is not likely to be a significant factor in explaining the impact of education on health behavior.
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- Naci H. Mocan & Duha Tore Altindag, 2012. "Education, Cognition, Health Knowledge, and Health Behavior," NBER Working Papers 17949, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Production
- I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
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- NEP-ALL-2012-03-21 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2012-03-21 (Education)
- NEP-HEA-2012-03-21 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2012-03-21 (Labour Economics)
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