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Economics of Education Review

October 2011 Volume 30, Number 5

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Number of articles: 27

  1. Estimating the relation between health and education: What do we know and what do we need to know?

    Eric R. Eide & Mark H. Showalter

    The empirical link between education and health is firmly established. Numerous studies document that higher levels of education are positively associated with longer life and better health... More

    pp. 778-791

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  2. The impact of education on health knowledge

    Duha Altindag, Colin Cannonier & Naci Mocan

    The theory on the demand for health suggests that schooling causes health because schooling increases the efficiency of health production. Alternatively, the allocative efficiency hypothesis argues... More

    pp. 792-812

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  3. Forward-thinking teens: The effects of college costs on adolescent risky behavior

    Benjamin W. Cowan

    This paper analyzes the effect of college costs on teenagers’ engagement in risky behaviors before they are old enough to attend college. Individuals with brighter prospects for future schooling... More

    pp. 813-825

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  4. College selectivity and young adult health behaviors

    Jason M. Fletcher & David E. Frisvold

    Large literatures have shown important links between the quantity of completed education and health outcomes on one hand and the quality or selectivity of schooling on a host of adult outcomes,... More

    pp. 826-837

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  5. Educational gaps in medical care and health behavior: Evidence from US Natality data

    Joseph Price, Joshua Price & Kosali Simon

    The US Natality files provide information on medical procedures and health related behavior during pregnancy and childbirth. The data set represents nearly the universe of mothers who give birth in... More

    pp. 838-849

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  6. Back to school blues: Seasonality of youth suicide and the academic calendar

    Benjamin Hansen & Matthew Lang

    Previous research has found evidence of academic benefits to longer school years. This paper investigates one of the many potential costs of increased school year length, documenting a dramatic... More

    pp. 850-861

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  7. Does schooling affect health behavior? Evidence from the educational expansion in Western Germany

    Hendrik Jürges, Steffen Reinhold & Martin Salm

    During the postwar period German states pursued policies to increase the share of young Germans obtaining a university entrance diploma (Abitur) by building more academic track schools, but the... More

    pp. 862-872

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  8. Poisoning the mind: Arsenic contamination of drinking water wells and children's educational achievement in rural Bangladesh

    M. Niaz Asadullah & Nazmul Chaudhury

    Bangladesh has experienced the largest mass poisoning of a population in history owing to contamination of groundwater with naturally occurring inorganic arsenic. Prolonged drinking of such water... More

    pp. 873-888

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  9. Recess, physical education, and elementary school student outcomes

    Angela K. Dills, Hillary N. Morgan & Kurt W. Rotthoff

    Today's children experience a decreased amount of time at recess and fewer physical education (PE) classes throughout the school day. Breaks for physical activity limit class time for academics,... More

    pp. 889-900

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  10. Do child care subsidies influence single mothers’ decision to invest in human capital?

    Chris M. Herbst & Erdal Tekin

    A child care subsidy is one of the most effective policy instruments to facilitate low-income individuals’ transition from welfare to work. Although previous studies consistently find that subsidy ... More

    pp. 901-912

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  11. Individual heterogeneity and reverse causality in the relationship between migraine headache and educational attainment

    Joseph J. Sabia & Daniel I. Rees

    A recent study by found migraine headache was negatively related to educational attainment even after accounting for the influence of family-level unobservables. The current study explores whether... More

    pp. 913-923

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  12. Conditional cash penalties in education: Evidence from the Learnfare experiment

    Thomas S. Dee

    Wisconsin's influential Learnfare initiative is a conditional cash penalty program that sanctions a family's welfare grant when covered teens fail to meet school attendance targets. In the presence... More

    pp. 924-937

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  13. Second-generation Turkish youth in Europe: Explaining the academic disadvantage in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland

    Steve Song

    This investigation examines the role of students’ home and school variables in producing the achievement gap between second-generation Turkish students and their native peers in Austria, Germany,... More

    pp. 938-949

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  14. Are we wasting our children's time by giving them more homework?

    Ozkan Eren & Daniel J. Henderson

    Following an identification strategy that allows us to largely eliminate unobserved student and teacher traits, we examine the effect of homework on math, science, English and history test scores... More

    pp. 950-961

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  15. Can districts keep good teachers in the schools that need them most?

    Cassandra M. Guarino, Abigail B. Brown & Adam E. Wyse

    This study investigates how school demographics and their interactions with policies affect the mobility behaviors of public school teachers with various human capital characteristics. Using data... More

    pp. 962-979

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  16. Effects of class size on alternative educational outcomes across disciplines

    Dorothy A. Cheng

    This is the first study to use self-reported ratings of student learning, instructor recommendations, and course recommendations as the outcome measure to estimate class size effects, doing so... More

    pp. 980-990

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  17. Is it where you go or who you know? On the relationship between students, Ph.D. program quality, dissertation advisor prominence, and early career publishing success

    Michael J. Hilmer & Christiana E. Hilmer

    Previous research finds that both Ph.D. program quality and relative dissertation advisor prominence are positively related to early-career publishing success. We provide insight into the relative ... More

    pp. 991-996

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  18. The (adverse) effects of expanding higher education: Evidence from Italy

    Veruska Oppedisano

    Over the period 1995–1998 Italy experienced an expansion of its higher education supply with the aim of reducing regional differences in educational attainment. This paper evaluates the effects of ... More

    pp. 997-1008

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  19. Does the timing of tracking affect higher education completion?

    Roel van Elk, Marc van der Steeg & Dinand Webbink

    This paper investigates the effect of the timing of tracking on completion of higher education by exploiting unique variation from the Dutch education system. At the age of 12 Dutch students can... More

    pp. 1009-1021

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  20. Keeping up with the Joneses: Institutional changes following the adoption of a merit aid policy

    Amanda L. Griffith

    The increasing use by private colleges and universities of financial aid based on “merit”, as opposed to based solely on financial need has caused many to raise concerns that this type of aid will ... More

    pp. 1022-1033

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