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The health-schooling relationship: Evidence from Swedish twins

Nilsson, Anton LU ; Rooth, Dan-Olof LU and Lundborg, Petter LU (2016) In Journal of Population Economics 29(4). p.1191-1215
Abstract
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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TwinsTwin-fixed effects, Education, Health Specific conditions, I10, I24, I21, I14
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Journal of Population Economics
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29
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4
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1191 - 1215
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Springer
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  • Scopus:84969190699
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0933-1433
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10.1007/s00148-016-0598-8
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English
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  author       = {Nilsson, Anton and Rooth, Dan-Olof and Lundborg, Petter},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
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  series       = {Journal of Population Economics},
  title        = {The health-schooling relationship: Evidence from Swedish twins},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1007/s00148-016-0598-8},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2016},
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