Understanding Differences in Health Behaviors by Education

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Understanding Differences in Health Behaviors by Education

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dc.contributor.author Cutler, David M.
dc.contributor.author Lleras-Muney, Adriana
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-10T20:17:25Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Cutler, David M. and Adriana Lleras-Muney. 2010. Understanding differences in health behaviors by education. Journal of Health Economics 29(1): 1-28. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0167-6296 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:5344195
dc.description.abstract Using a variety of data sets from two countries, we examine possible explanations for the relationship between education and health behaviors, known as the education gradient. We show that income, health insurance, and family background can account for about 30 percent of the gradient. Knowledge and measures of cognitive ability explain an additional 30 percent. Social networks account for another 10 percent. Our proxies for discounting, risk aversion, or the value of future do not account for any of the education gradient, and neither do personality factors such as a sense of control of oneself or over one’s life. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Economics en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1016/j.jhealeco.2009.10.003 en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/petrie-flom/workshop/pdf/lleras-muney.pdf en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.subject education en_US
dc.subject health en_US
dc.title Understanding Differences in Health Behaviors by Education en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Health Economics en_US
dash.depositing.author Cutler, David M.
dc.date.available 2011-11-10T20:17:25Z

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