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The Relationship between Education and Health in Australia and Canada

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    It is well accepted that education is positively related to health. However, there is considerably less agreement as to the explanation of this relationship. I examine the strength of the empirical relationship between education and health for Australia and Canada. I find that education is indeed related to health and to a very similar extent in both countries. I discuss three important explanations of the education and health relationship: technical efficiency, allocative efficiency and time preference explanations. Empirical analysis is presented which attempts to distinguish between the alternative explanations. I find evidence for all three explanations.

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    Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers with number 93.

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    Length: 52 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:mcm:sedapp:93

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    Keywords: Health status; Education; Health production;

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    1. Ivan Cipin & Sime Smolic, 2013. "Socio-Economic Determinants of Health in Croatia: Insights from Four Cross-Sectional Surveys," Croatian Economic Survey, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, vol. 15(1), pages 25-60, April.

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