Explaining the effect of education on health: a field study in Ghana.

  title={Explaining the effect of education on health: a field study in Ghana.},
  author={Ellen Peters and David P. Baker and Nathan F. Dieckmann and Juan Francisco Le{\'o}n and John M. Collins},
  journal={Psychological science},
  volume={21 10},
Higher education (or more years of formal schooling) is widely associated with better health, but the underlying causes of this association are unclear. In this study, we tested our schooling-decision-making model, which posits that formal education fosters intellectual ability, which in turn provides individuals with enduring competencies to support better health-related behaviors. Using data from a field study on formal education in 181 adults in rural Ghana, we examined health-protective… CONTINUE READING


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