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The causal effect of schooling on smoking behavior

Silles, Mary


Mary Silles


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.


Silles, M. (2015). The causal effect of schooling on smoking behavior. Economics of education review, 48, 102-116.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 12, 2015
Online Publication Date Jun 18, 2015
Publication Date 2015-10
Deposit Date Aug 26, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Economics of education review
Print ISSN 0272-7757
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
Pages 102-116
Keywords Education, Health, Endogeneity bias
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