The Effects of Schooling on Costless Health Maintenance: Overweight Adolescents and Children in Rural China

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Mark R. Rosenzweig

Yale University - Economic Growth Center; Yale University - Cowles Foundation

Junsen Zhang

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Department of Economics

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Date Written: July 1, 2019

Abstract

Obesity is an important global health problem. Although obesity is not directly related to access to health care or constrained by resource deprivation, overweight status is predominantly found in poor, less-educated populations. This paper seeks to identify the causal role of schooling in affecting obesity among children and adolescents, using new estimation methods that exploit unique panel data on young twins in China. The estimates indicate that higher levels of schooling negatively affect being overweight and positively affect healthy behavior, with a large component of the causal effects due to increased information on the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight.

Keywords: obesity, overweight, health, schooling, China

JEL Classification: O, R

Suggested Citation

Rosenzweig, Mark Richard and Zhang, Junsen, The Effects of Schooling on Costless Health Maintenance: Overweight Adolescents and Children in Rural China (July 1, 2019). Yale University Economic Growth Center Discussion Paper No. 1066, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3438415 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3438415

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Junsen Zhang

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Hong Kong

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