Document Type

Working Paper

Article

1023

Publication Date

10-2005

Department or Program

Economics Department

Abstract

Does the well established positive association between education and investment in health hold for education beyond college? This study examines the effect of having a postgraduate degree on investment in health, using an original data set composed of samples of several alumnae classes of women educated at the same undergraduate institution. The probability that a woman will have a biannual general physical, gynecological examination, mammogram, or a flu shot is modeled as a function of her education level and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. Whether those with post-graduate education behave differently with respect to other health-related life style choices is also investigated.

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