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The Relationship Between Health and Schooling

  • Michael Grossman


    (City University of New York Graduate Center and National Bureau of Economic Research, NBER, 365 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10016-4309, USA.)

Many studies suggest that years of formal schooling completed is the most important correlate of good health. There is much less consensus as to whether this correlation reflects causality from more schooling to better health. The relationship may be traced in part to reverse causality and may also reflect “omitted third variables” that cause health and schooling to vary in the same direction. The past three and a half decades have witnessed the development of a large literature focusing on the issue just raised. I deal with that literature and what can be learned from it in this paper. Eastern Economic Journal (2008) 34, 281–292. doi:10.1057/eej.2008.13

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Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 34 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 281-292

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