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Unformatted text preview: LECTURE 6: Education Æ Health The Preston Curve Revisited… •Relationships between health and education obviously run both directions •Omitted variables are also presumably prominent in studies of relationships running in both directions •There is evidence that education does influence health, however •Why might that be? •Relationships between health and education obviously run both directions •Omitted variables are also presumably prominent in studies of relationships running in both directions •There is evidence that education does influence health, however •Why might that be? •Education raises lifetime income, so consume more of everything (including health inputs) •Education raises the return to health investments – higher per period utility from being alive, so invest more in health •Education makes people more efficient in health production – better information processing, literacy, assertiveness in getting attention from physicians, speed of technology adoption •Education may raise women’s bargaining power within the home, with associated increases in household health spending •Education improves one social rank, and rank is negatively related to stress, positively related to health (relative depravation) •This is not an exhaustive list! •Consider the more general question of whether or not education has a causal effect on health at all, or if the correlation is explained entirely by ‘third’ factors •Adriana Lleras-Muney, “The Relationship between Education and Adult Mortality in the United States” •Basic approach: •First, consider the more general question of whether or not...
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2011 for the course ECON 127 taught by Professor Staff during the Winter '11 term at Stanford.

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