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Compulsory Schooling Reforms, Education and Mortality in Twentieth Century Europe

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  • Gathmann, Christina

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    (Heidelberg University)

  • Jürges, Hendrik

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    (University of Mannheim)

  • Reinhold, Steffen

    ()
    (MEA, University of Mannheim)

Abstract

Education yields substantial non-monetary benefits, but the size of these gains is still debated. Previous studies, for example, report contradictory effects of education and compulsory schooling on mortality – ranging from zero to large mortality reductions. Using data from 19 compulsory schooling reforms implemented in Europe during the twentieth century, we quantify the mean mortality effect and explore its dispersion across gender, time and countries. We find that men benefit from compulsory education both in the shorter and longer run. In contrast, compulsory schooling reforms have little or no effect on mortality for women.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6403.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Publication status: forthcoming in: Social Science and Medicine, 2014
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  1. Bijwaard, Govert & van Kippersluis, Hans & Veenman, Justus, 2013. "Education and Health: The Role of Cognitive Ability," IZA Discussion Papers 7648, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  3. Martin Fischer & Martin Karlsson & Therese Nilsson, 2013. "Effects of Compulsory Schooling on Mortality – Evidence from Sweden," Ruhr Economic Papers 0441, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.
  4. Mazzonna, Fabrizio, 2014. "The long lasting effects of education on old age health: Evidence of gender differences," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 101(C), pages 129-138.

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