The causal effect of education on body mass:evidence from Europe

Brunello, Giorgio and Fabbri, Daniele and Fort, Margherita (2013) The causal effect of education on body mass:evidence from Europe. Journal of Labor Economics, 31 (1). pp. 195-223. ISSN 0734-306X

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Abstract

We adopt a multi-country setup to show that years of schooling have a causal protective effect on the body mass index of females living in nine European countries. No such effect is found for males. The protective effect for European females is not negligible but is smaller than one recently found for the United States and stronger among overweight females. We discuss possible mechanisms justifying both the protective role of education and the gender difference in this role. We argue that the effects of additional schooling on income, the probability of employment, and the frequency of vigorous physical activities, both on and off the job, may help explain our results.

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Journal Article
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Journal of Labor Economics
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Deposited On:
28 Oct 2013 09:13
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29 Jul 2020 11:11