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Mass vaccination and educational attainment: evidence from the 1967–68 Measles Eradication Campaign

Barteska, Philipp, Dobkowitz, Sonja, Olkkola, Maarit and Rieser, Michael (2023) Mass vaccination and educational attainment: evidence from the 1967–68 Measles Eradication Campaign. Journal of Health Economics, 92. ISSN 0167-6296

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2023.102828

Abstract

We show that the first nationwide mass vaccination campaign against measles increased educational attainment in the United States. Our empirical strategy exploits variation in exposure to the childhood disease across states right before the Measles Eradication Campaign of 1967–68, which reduced reported measles incidence by 90 percent within two years. Our results suggest that mass vaccination against measles increased the years of education on average by about 0.1 years in the affected cohorts. We also find tentative evidence that the college graduation rate of men increased.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/journal-of-h...
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I10 - General
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2023 17:15
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 16:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/120706

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