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Title:Does education shield against common mental disorders? PDF Logo
Authors:Johansson, Edvard
Böckerman, Petri
Martelin, Tuija
Pirkola, Sami
Poikolainen, Kari
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:ETLA discussion paper 1202
Abstract:The paper examines the causal effect of education on common individual mental disorders in adulthood. We use a representative population health survey and instrumental variable methods. The estimates point to mostly insignificant effects of education on common mental disorders. We find that the length of education reduces the BDI (Beck Depression Inventory) measure at the 10% significance level, but has no effect when using the GHQ-12 (12-item General Health Questionnaire) or the probability of severe depression as a measure of mental health. These results cast doubt on the view that the length of formal education would be a particularly important determinant of common mental disorders later in life.
Subjects:Education
Mental health
Common mental disorders
JEL:I12
I21
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ETLA Discussion Papers, Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA)

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