College Makes You Healthy

Stephen J. Dubner | July 16, 2013 | Freakonomics blog

South Dining Hall on a snowy morning / Matt Cashore

At the core of the debate over the value of college is a collage of evidence showing that it produces better lifetime outcomes not just in income but in health and happiness. How does this happen? And how can we be sure that we aren’t just seeing a selection bias — i.e., that people who go to college would have been richer, healthier, and happier in any case?

Here’s a new working paper (abstract; PDF), by Kasey Buckles, Andreas Hagemann, Ofer Malamud, Melinda Morrill, and Abigail Woznia, that purports to show the long-term health effects of a college education.

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