The causal effect of schooling on smoking behavior

Silles, Mary (2015) The causal effect of schooling on smoking behavior. Economics of Education Review, 48. pp. 102-116. ISSN 0272-7757

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2015.06.004

Abstract

This paper, using data for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, examines the hypothesis that there is a causal relationship between schooling and cigarette smoking. Compulsory schooling laws are exploited to isolate for causation. Cohorts who were teenagers before and after the health consequences of smoking were widely known are used to compare the effects of additional schooling in the presence and absence of widespread exposure to health-related information. Although the results for Great Britain indicate no causal role for education either before or after the consequences of smoking for health were widely known, the results for Northern Ireland suggest that, at least among men, schooling affected smoking decisions prior to the public dissemination of knowledge on the dangers of smoking for health.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Health, Endogeneity bias
Subjects: L100 Economics
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2020 11:59
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2020 12:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44844

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