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The Impact of Education on Health Status: Evidence from Longitudinal Survey Data

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  • Bichaka Fayissa
  • Shah Danyal
  • J.S. Butler

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Using the NLSY79 panel data set from 1979-2006 for a cross-section of 12,686 individuals, this paper investigates the effect of educational attainment on the health status of an individual as measured by “the inability to work for health reasons.” The present study bridges the gap in the literature by using the fixed-effects model, random-effects model, between-effects, and the Arellano-Bond dynamic model to analyze the impact of education on health status. We use these alternative models to control unobserved heterogeneity. Educational attainment has a statistically significant and positive effect on the quality of an individual’s health status.

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Paper provided by Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 201101.

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Date of creation: Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:mts:wpaper:201101

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Keywords: Education; Health Status; Fixed-Effects; Random-Effects; Between-Effects; Arellano-Bond Model;

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  1. Piper, Alan, 2013. "A Note on Modelling Dynamics in Happiness Estimations," MPRA Paper 49364, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Piper, Alan T., 2012. "A Happiness Test of Human Capital Theory," MPRA Paper 43496, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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