Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58695
Authors: 
Gathmann, Christina
Jürges, Hendrik
Reinhold, Steffen
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6403
Abstract: 
Education yields substantial non-monetary benefits, but the size of these gains is still debated. Previous studies, for example, report contradictory effects of education and compulsory schooling on mortality - ranging from zero to large mortality reductions. Using data from 19 compulsory schooling reforms implemented in Europe during the twentieth century, we quantify the mean mortality effect and explore its dispersion across gender, time and countries. We find that men benefit from compulsory education both in the shorter and longer run. In contrast, compulsory schooling reforms have little or no effect on mortality for women.
Subjects: 
compulsory schooling
education
mortality
Europe
JEL: 
I12
I21
I28
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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