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The effect of life expectancy on education and population dynamics

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  • Matteo Cervellati

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  • Uwe Sunde

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The demographic transition represents a critical turning point for population dynamics and economic development. As a consequence, the effects of life expectancy on education and population dynamics are expected to change across different stages of demographic development. This paper tests this hypothesis empirically by exploiting exogenous within-country reductions in mortality as a result of the epidemiological transition after 1940 that have been applied in recent studies on the causal effects of life expectancy for income growth. The results document a pronounced heterogeneity, and relevant non-linearities, of the effects of life expectancy on schooling and population dynamics at different stages of the demographic transition. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Empirical Economics.

Volume (Year): 48 (2015)
Issue (Month): 4 (June)
Pages: 1445-1478

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Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:48:y:2015:i:4:p:1445-1478
DOI: 10.1007/s00181-014-0830-x
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