Margherita Fort

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We investigate the causal effect of education on health and the part of it that is attributable to health behaviors by distinguishing between short-run and long-run mediating effects: whereas, in the former, only behaviors in the immediate past are taken into account, in the latter, we consider the entire history of behaviors. We use two identification(More)
Years of Schooling, Human Capital and the Body Mass Index of European Females We use the compulsory school reforms implemented in European countries after the II World War to investigate the causal effect of education on the Body Mass Index (BMI) and the incidence of overweight and obesity among European females. Our IV estimates suggest that years of(More)
Information and Learning in Oligopoly: An Experiment This paper presents an experiment on learning in repeated games, which complements the analysis of players’ actual choices with data on the information acquisition process they follow. Subjects play a repeated Cournot oligopoly, with limited a priori information. The econometrics hinges on a model built(More)
This version: January 7, 2009. Abstract: This paper discusses the strategies proposed in the literature to identify causal effect of an endogenous regressor on the distribution of an outcome variable. It highlinghts the relative merits and drawbacks of each approach and their links. To further illustrate the differences and analogies, it concludes with an(More)
Testing the Internal Validity of Compulsory School Reforms as Instrument for Years of Schooling In the large empirical literature that investigates the causal effects of education on outcomes such as health, wages and crime, it is customary to measure education with years of schooling, and to identify these effects using the exogenous variation provided by(More)
We study the relationship between education and fertility, exploiting compulsory schooling reforms in Europe as source of exogenous variation in education. Using data from 8 European countries, we assess the causal effect of education on the number of biological kids and the incidence of childlessness. We find that more education causes a substantial(More)
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