Sunday, May 19, 2013

Personality and the education–health gradient

Personality and the education–health gradient: A note on “Understanding differences in health behaviors by education”

Gabriella Conti, Christopher Hansman, Journal of Health Economics, Volume 32, Issue 2, March 2013, Pages 480–485  


We test the robustness of the results of Cutler and Lleras-Muney (2010) on the role of personality in explaining the education–health gradient by using alternative measures of child personality available in the National Child Development Study. We show that, alternatively to the authors, conclusions, personality contributes to the education–health gradient to an extent nearly as large as that of cognition.

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