Eastern Economic Journal

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 281–292 | Cite as

The Relationship Between Health and Schooling

  • Michael Grossman
Presidential Address


Many studies suggest that years of formal schooling completed is the most important correlate of good health. There is much less consensus as to whether this correlation reflects causality from more schooling to better health. The relationship may be traced in part to reverse causality and may also reflect “omitted third variables” that cause health and schooling to vary in the same direction. The past three and a half decades have witnessed the development of a large literature focusing on the issue just raised. I deal with that literature and what can be learned from it in this paper.


schooling efficiency health time preference 

JEL Classifications

I10 I20 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Grossman
    • 1
  1. 1.City University of New York Graduate Center and National Bureau of Economic Research, NBERNew YorkUSA

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