Michael Shields - The causal effect of education on chronic health conditions

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Title: The causal effect of education on chronic health conditions

Abstract:  We study the causal impact of education on 17 chronic health conditions by exploiting two UK education policy reforms. The first reform raised the minimum school leaving age in 1972, affecting the lower end of the educational attainment distribution. The second reform is a combination of several policy changes that affected the broader educational attainment distribution in the early 1990s. Results are remarkably consistent across both reforms, with an extra year of schooling having no identifiable impact on the prevalence of most chronic health conditions. But both reforms suggest that education significantly reduces the probability of having diabetes.

Presenter: Michael Shields, Monash University and Melbourne Institute

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