Education and Mortality: Evidence from a Social Experiment

46 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2012

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Costas Meghir

Yale University; Yale University - Cowles Foundation; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marten Palme

Stockholm University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Emilia Simeonova

Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School

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Date Written: March 2012

Abstract

We examine the effects of a major Swedish educational reform, that increased the years of compulsory schooling, on mortality and health. Using the gradual phase-in of the reform between 1949 and 1962 across municipalities, we estimate insignificant effects of the reform on mortality in the affected cohorts. From the confidence intervals we can rule out effects larger than 1-1.4 months of increased life expectancy. We find no significant impacts on mortality for individuals of low SES backgrounds, on deaths that are more likely to be affected by behavior, on hospitalizations, and consumption of prescribed drugs.

Suggested Citation

Meghir, Costas and Palme, Marten and Simeonova, Emilia, Education and Mortality: Evidence from a Social Experiment (March 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w17932, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2028265

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