Thursday, December 16, 2021
Yichen Shen (Waseda University), Rong FU (Waseda University), Haruko Noguchi (Waseda University), Does College Education Make Us Act Healthier? Evidence from a Japanese Superstition, SSRN (2021):
We investigated the causal effect of college education on smoking, drinking, sleeping, and cancer screening behavior in Japan. To estimate said effect, we leveraged a unique instrument in which a mismatch between Japanese superstition and school year in 1967 leading to an increase in college attainment. We found that a longer year of college education was associated with reductions in smoking and drinking and improvements in sleeping and the use of cancer screening. We also explored heterogeneity across genders and found that women drive the causal relationship between college education and health behavior in Japan.