The health returns to schooling-what can we learn from twins?

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

This paper estimates the health returns to schooling, using a twin design. For this purpose, I use data on monozygotic twins from the Midlife in the United States survey. The results suggest that completing high school improves health, as measured through self-reported health, chronic conditions, and exercise behavior, but that additional schooling does not lead to additional health gains. Controlling for certain early life factors that may vary within twin pairs does not alter the main conclusions of this paper.

Details

Authors
Organisations
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economics
  • Economic History

Keywords

  • Health production, Education, Schooling, Twins, Returns to education, Ability bias
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-701
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Volume26
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes