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Author: Lleras-Muney, Adriana
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1. Cutler, David M.
Lleras-Muney, Adriana
Understanding Differences in Health Behaviors by Education
Journal of Health Economics 29,1 (January 2010): 1-28.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Elsevier
Keyword(s): Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB); Cognitive Ability; Cross-national Analysis; Education; Family Background and Culture; Health Factors; Insurance, Health; National Health Interview Survey (NHIS); National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS); NCDS - National Child Development Study (British); Pearlin Mastery Scale; Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES) (see Self-Esteem); Self-Regulation/Self-Control

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. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
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Cutler, David M. and Adriana Lleras-Muney. "Understanding Differences in Health Behaviors by Education." Journal of Health Economics 29,1 (January 2010): 1-28.