The causal relationship between education, health and health related behaviour: evidence from a natural experiment in England
I exploit exogenous variation in the likelihood to obtain any sort of educational qualification betweenJanuary- and February-born individuals for 13 academic cohorts in England. For these cohorts compulsoryschooling laws interacted with the timing of the CSE and O-level exams to change the probability ofobtaining a qualification by around 2–3 percentage points. I then use data on individuals born in thesetwo months from the British Labour Force Survey and the Health Survey for England to investigate theeffects of education on health using being February-born as an instrument for education. The resultsindicate neither an effect of education on various health related measures nor an effect on health relatedbehaviour, e.g., smoking, drinking or eating various types of food.
Journal of Health Economics
Volume and page numbers
30 , 753 -763
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