Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/145986
Authors: 
Bahrs, Michael
Schumann, Mathias
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
HCHE Research Paper 2016/13
Abstract: 
In this study, we analyse the long-term effects of school starting age on smoking behaviour and health in adulthood. School entry rules combined with birth month are used as an instrument for school starting age. The analysis adopts the German Socio- Economic Panel data and employs a fuzzy regression discontinuity design. The results reveal that school starting age reduces the long-term risk to smoke, improves long-term health, and affects physical rather than mental health. In addition, we find that the relative age composition of peers and the school environment are important mechanisms.
Subjects: 
smoking
health
peer effects
education
school starting age
regression discontinuity design
JEL: 
I12
I21
I28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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