Education makes you healthier

There is a large and persistent association between education and
health. In this paper, we review what is known about this link. We
first document the facts about the relationship between education and
health. The education ‘gradient’ is found for both health behaviors and
health status, though the former does not fully explain the latter. The
effect of education increases with increasing years of education, with
no evidence of a sheepskin effect. Nor are there differences between
blacks and whites, or men and women. Gradients in behavior are biggest
at young ages, and decline after age 50 or 60. We then consider
differing reasons why education might be related to health. The obvious
economic explanations – education is related to income or occupational
choice – explain only a part of the education effect. We suggest that
increasing levels of education lead to different thinking and
decision-making patterns. The monetary value of the return to education
in terms of health is perhaps half of the return to education on
[emphasis added], so policies that impact educational attainment could [sic] have a
large effect on population health.

Here is the paper.  Here is my previous post on the value of education.


Except for skin cancer! See today's Washington Post.

It seems like a bunch of interlocking effects:

a. Intelligence correlates with education and with health for a bunch of reasons, as the cited Gottfredson paper discusses.

b. Education gives you experience with reading complicated material such as medical instructions or PDR entries about your medicines, which improves your ability to comply with doctor instructions, and also to check up on them.

c. Education might give you more self-confidence in questioning expert opinion, though I'm not sure of that. (I don't assume my doctor is smarter than I am, though I assume he knows a lot more about medicine than I do.)

d. If healthy lifestyle choices are more common among smarter, more educated people, and you hang out with smarter, more educated people, you'll feel more social pressure to make similarly healthy lifestyle choices--to try to quit smoking, to order the salad instead of the bacon cheeseburger, etc.

Higher education has a great effect on our lives and health.
Reserch says that 9 of the top 10 jobs in the USA require a college
degree. Those with more or higher education can think in more
different ways and have more opportunities. They act or speak
more similarly to others who have been highly educated (doctors,
judges, lawyers, medical personnel, consultants, accountants, etc.)
They may make some of the same mistakes that less educated people
make but they have resources (others to help them and money) and
the attitude to think differently about the same problem.

Getting a higher education does not make you a good person but it
can help you do what you desire to do easier. With all of the
emphasis on Information age and now the Conceptual age in business
we need people who can think, in and out of the box. Hard work by
itself is not enough. Working smart is more required. People need
to learn to learn all the more. A resource to look at is to help people learn to study and learn ideas.

Considernig you (rightly) place such value on an educated population, your position on immigration
is inexplicable.

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