What is the least nonsensical interpretation of this result?

New research by Esther Friedman of the RAND Corporation and Robert Mare of UCLA finds that parents of college grads live two years longer than parents whose kids didn’t graduate high school. That two-year bump in life expectancy for parents of the most-educated kids is surprisingly large – it amounts to about two-thirds of the longevity benefit of running every day.

Even more surprising: your kids’ educational attainments have a bigger effect on your life expectancy than your own schooling. While sending your kid to college adds two years to your life relative to letting them flunk out of high school, getting a college degree yourself only adds 1.7 years to your life compared to not having a high school degree.

That is from Christopher Ingraham, the full story is here.


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