Nederlandse Demografiedag 2015, Utrecht, 25 november 2015

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Presentation 'The impact of education on the number of years lost due to a specific cause of death' at the Nederlandse Demografiedag 2015, 25 November 2015, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Parallel session 3, session 10 'Mortality & Longevity'. Abstract: Disparities in health and life expectancy across educational groups are striking and pervasive. These educational gains differ by disease. Some diseases involve complex treatments which are easier to implement for the high educated, while for other diseases the treatment is simple or hardly effective. The association between mortality and education may partly be explained by confounding factors such as intelligence and parental background that affect both education choices and mortality. In this paper we decompose the number of years lost due to different causes of death and estimate the impact of education on the years lost, using an innovative competing risk method which accounts for the endogeneity of the education choice. We use Swedish Military Conscription Data (1951-1983), linked to administrative Swedish registers. These data, comprising 1,7 mln men, allow us to distinguish six education levels and five causes of death. We estimate the effect of moving up one educational level on the years lost up till age 60 due to neoplasms, CVD, traffic accidents, suicides and other causes of death.
Period25 Nov 2015