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Title: Life Expectancy and Schooling: New Insights from Cross-Country Data

Author(s): Moshe Hazan

Publication Date: August 2011

Keyword(s): Human Capital and Life expectancy

Programme Area(s): Development Economics and Public Economics

Abstract: I argue that distinguishing between life expectancy at birth and life expectancy beyond the crucial early childhood years affects the relationship between life expectancy and schooling in a meaningful way. In particular, I show that while the change in life expectancy at birth between 1960 and 1990 is positively correlated with percentage change in schooling, the change in life expectancy at age 5 is, at best, uncorrelated with percentage change in schooling. This evidence weakens the quantitative importance of increasing life horizon beyond the early crucial childhood years for formal acquisition of human capital.

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Hazan, M. 2011. 'Life Expectancy and Schooling: New Insights from Cross-Country Data'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research. https://cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=8524