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Title:Does early life health predict schooling within twin pairs? PDF Logo
Authors:Lundborg, Petter
Nilsson, Anton
Rooth, Dan-Olof
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5803
Abstract:A large number of studies in labor economics estimate the returns to schooling using data on monozygotic twins, under the assumption that educational attainment is random within twin pairs. This exogeneity assumption has been commonly questioned, however, but there is to date little evidence on the topic. Using a large dataset of twins, including comprehensive information on their health status at the age of 18 and later educational attainment, we investigate whether educational attainment is related to early health status within monozygotic twin pairs. In general, we obtain no indication of this being so. As a result, we find little evidence that early health differences between twins would bias the estimates of the returns to schooling available in the literature.
Subjects:twins
twin-fixed effects
schooling
returns to schooling
ability bias
health
JEL:I1
I2
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20110629893
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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