The health-schooling relationship: Evidence from Swedish twins

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Health and education are known to be highly correlated, but the mechanisms behind the relationship are not well understood. In particular, there is sparse evidence on whether adolescent health may influence educational attainment. Using a large registry dataset of twins, including comprehensive information on health status at the age of 18 and later educational attainment, we investigate whether health predicts final education within monozygotic (identical) twin pairs. We find no evidence of this and conclude that health in adolescence may not have an influence on the level of schooling. Instead, raw correlations between adolescent health and schooling appear to be driven by genes and twin-pair-specific environmental factors.


External organisations
  • Aarhus University
  • Institute of Labor Economics
  • Stockholm University
  • Linnaeus University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economics


  • TwinsTwin-fixed effects, Education, Health Specific conditions, I10, I24, I21, I14
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1191–1215
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch