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The causal effect of education on health: Evidence from the United Kingdom

Economics of Education Review Volume 28, Number 1 ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Numerous economic studies have shown a strong positive correlation between health and years of schooling. The question at the centre of this research is whether the correlation between health and education represents a causal relation. This paper uses changes in compulsory schooling laws in the United Kingdom to test this hypothesis. Multiple measures of overall health are used. The results provide evidence of a causal relation running from more schooling to better health which is much larger than standard regression estimates suggest.


Silles, M.A. The causal effect of education on health: Evidence from the United Kingdom. Economics of Education Review, 28(1), 122-128. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved January 25, 2022 from .

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