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The health-schooling relationship: evidence from Swedish twins
Lund University.
Lund University ; Aarhus University, Denmark.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. Stockholm University ; Institute for the Study of Labor, Germany. (Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)
2016 (English)In: Journal of Population Economics, ISSN 0933-1433, E-ISSN 1432-1475, Vol. 29, no 4, 1191-1215 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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2016. Vol. 29, no 4, 1191-1215 p.
Keyword [en]
Education, Health, Specific conditions, Twin-fixed effects, Twins
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Educational Sciences
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences; Health and Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-56063DOI: 10.1007/s00148-016-0598-8ISI: 000380271300008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84969190699OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-56063DiVA: diva2:971474
Available from: 2016-09-16 Created: 2016-08-31 Last updated: 2017-01-11Bibliographically approved

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