Human Capital and Longevity . Evidence from 50 , 000 Twins

  title={Human Capital and Longevity . Evidence from 50 , 000 Twins},
  author={Petter Lundborg and Carl Hampus Lyttkens and Paul Nystedt},
Why do well-educated people live longer? We use unique and highquality data on about 50,000 monozygotic and same-sex dizygotic twins, born between 1886-1958, to address this question. We demonstrate a positive and statistically signi…cant relation between years of schooling and longevity, which remains when we exploit the twin design. This result is robust to controlling for speci…c within-twin-pair di¤erences in early life factors, such as birth weight and proxies for ability and health in the… CONTINUE READING


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