Understanding the Effects of Education on Health: Evidence from China


Using temporal and geographical variation in the implementation of compulsory schooling laws (CSLs) in China, I show that education significantly reduces the rates of reported fair or poor health, underweight, and smoking, and enhances cognition. Furthermore, the cognition and income only explain 15 percent and 7 percent of the impact of the CSLs on self-reported health. Suggestive evidence shows that spillovers from increased education of other people in the local region could explain over 25 percent. (JEL classification: I12, I21, I28)

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