The Impact of Education on Mortality and How It Is Affected By Mental Hospitalization
Mikko Myrskylä, London School of Economics and Political Science
Govert Bijwaard, NIDI
We use Swedish Military Conscription Data (1951-1983), linked to administrative Swedish registers. These data, comprising 1,7 mln men, allow us to distinguish five education levels and the timing of admittance and discharge from mental hospitals and the moment death of each men. We estimate the effect of moving up one educational level on the morality rate, both directly and running though mental hospitalization. Our empirical results indicate a strong educational gain on mortality, even after accounting for confounding factors. The (negative) impact of mental hospitalization on survival . We also found that ignoring confounding would overestimate the educational gain and the impact of mental hospitalization on mortality. Accounting for confounding in mental hospitalization is more important than accounting for selective educational attainment.
Presented in Session 1193: Mortality and Longevity