Revisiting the relationship between longevity and lifetime education: global evidence from 919 surveys
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Journal of Population Economics
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The contrasting results from previous research motivate this reexamination of the longevity-schooling relationship. The study uses a different identification strategy applied to cohort-specific data from 919 household surveys conducted between 1960 and 2012 spanning 147 countries. We find a significant positive relationship between increased life expectancy at birth and lifetime completed years of schooling in 95% of the surveys and significant negative effects only in 0.3%. In addition, parents’ own longer life expectancy at birth has intergenerational benefits for their children’s schooling. The 31-year increase in life expectancy at birth worldwide for birth cohorts 1922–1987 is associated with 60–100% of the 4.8 additional years of completed schooling for those birth cohorts. These results are robust for different specifications across surveys, population groups, and world regions.
J10, I15, O15
Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature
Hoque, Mohammad Mainul; King, Elizabeth M.; Montenegro, Claudio E.; and Orazem, Peter F., "Revisiting the relationship between longevity and lifetime education: global evidence from 919 surveys" (2019). Economics Publications. 770.