Seminar Series: The Effect of College Education on Health
Apr 01, 2013
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
|Where||0124B Cole Student Activities Bldg.|
|Contact Name||Tiffany Pittman|
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About the Talk
We exploit exogenous variation in college completion induced by draft-avoidance behavior during the Vietnam War to examine the impact of college completion on adult mortality. Our preferred estimates imply that increasing college completion rates from the level of the state with the lowest induced rate to the highest would decrease cumulative mortality by 28 percent relative to the mean. Most of the reduction in mortality is from deaths due to cancer and heart disease. We also explore potential mechanisms, including differential earnings, health insurance, and health behaviors, using data from the Census, ACS, and NHIS.
About the Speaker
Kasey Buckles is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame and is a faculty affiliate of the Notre Dame Lab for Economic Opportunities. Her research is in the area of economic demography and the economics of the family. Recent work considers the effects of sibling spacing on child outcomes and the effects of public policies on family formation. Professor Buckles has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and her work has appeared in the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Human Resources , and Demography.