Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102066
Authors: 
Leuven, Edwin
Plug, Erik
Rønning, Marte
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo 06/2014
Abstract: 
There exists a strong educational gradient in cancer risk, which has been documented in a wide range of populations. Yet relatively little is known about the extent to which education is causally linked to cancer incidence and mortality. This paper exploits a large social experiment where an education reform expanded compulsory schooling during the 1960s in Norway. The reform led to a discontinuous increase in educational attainment, which we exploit to estimate the effect of the reform on various cancer outcomes. Our main finding is that education has little if any impact on cancer risk. This holds for all cancer sites together as well as the most common cancer sites in isolation, with two exceptions. The compulsory school reform lowered the risk of lung cancer for men, but increased the risk of colorectal cancer for women.
Subjects: 
Education
Causality
Health
Cancer
JEL: 
I12
I21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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