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Is there a relationship between schooling and risky health behaviors in Colombia?

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  • Ana María Iregui-Bohórquez

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  • Ligia Alba Melo-Becerra

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  • María Teresa Ramírez-Giraldo

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Abstract: This paper uses the National Health Survey to analyze the relationship between education and risky health behaviors, namely smoking, heavy drinking, obesity, and unsafe sexual behavior, by estimating the education gradient. We also provide evidence on the effect of education, socio-economic and knowledge variables on these health behaviors by gender and area of residence. The results indicate that there is a negative and significant effect of years of schooling on the probability of smoking, whereas the probability of heavy drinking and unsafe sexual behaviors increase with education, highlighting the importance of social and cultural factors. ****** Resumen: Este artículo utiliza la Encuesta Nacional de Salud para analizar la relación entre educación y comportamientos riesgosos para la salud, como fumar, tomar en exceso, ser obeso y tener comportamientos sexuales riesgosos, estimando el gradiente de la educación. Se proporciona evidencia sobre el efecto de la educación, y de variables socioeconómicas y de conocimiento por género y área de residencia. Los resultados indican que existe un efecto negativo y significativo de la educación en la probabilidad de fumar mientras que la probabilidad de beber en exceso y de tener comportamientos sexuales riesgosos aumenta con la educación, destacando la importancia de factores sociales y culturales.

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  • Ana María Iregui-Bohórquez & Ligia Alba Melo-Becerra & María Teresa Ramírez-Giraldo, 2019. "Is there a relationship between schooling and risky health behaviors in Colombia?," Revista Cuadernos de Economía, Universidad Nacional de Colombia -FCE - CID, vol. 38(77), pages 365-395, July.
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    Keywords

    Education; risky health behaviors; logit; Colombia; educación; comportamientos riesgosos para la salud; logit;

    JEL classification:

    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities

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