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dc.contributor.authorLundborg, Petter
dc.date.accessioned2008-10-20T15:20:12Z
dc.date.available2008-10-20T15:20:12Z
dc.date.issued2008en
dc.identifier.citationDiscussion paper TI, 08-027/3en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1871/12942
dc.description.abstractThis paper estimates the health returns to education, using data on identical twins. I adopt a twin-differences strategy in order to obtain estimates that are not biased by unobserved family background and genetic traits that may affect both education and health. I further investigate to what extent within-twin-pair differences in schooling correlates with within-twin-pair differences in early life health and parent-child relations. The results suggest a causal effect of education on health. Higher educational levels are found to be positively related to self-reported health but negatively related to the number of chronic conditions. Lifestyle factors, such as smoking and overweight, are found to contribute little to the education/health gradient. I am also able to rule out occupational hazards and health insurance coverage as explanations for the gradient. In addition, I find no evidence of heterogenous effects of education by parental education. Finally, the results suggest that factors that may vary within twin pairs, such as birth weight, early life health, parental treatment and relation with parents, do not predict within-twin pair differences in schooling, lending additional credibility to my estimates and to the general vailidy of using a twin-differences design to study the returns to education.en
dc.publisherAmsterdam : Tinbergen Instituteen
dc.subjecthealth productionen
dc.subjecteducationen
dc.subjectschoolingen
dc.subjecttwinsen
dc.subjectsiblingsen
dc.subjectreturns to educationen
dc.subjectability biasen
dc.titleThe Health Returns to Education - What can we learn from Twins?en
dc.typeResearch paperen
dc.subject.jelI12en
dc.subject.jelI11en
dc.subject.jelJ14en
dc.subject.jelJ12en
dc.subject.jelC41en


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