Magazine article Work & Family Life

Studies Link Education and Longer Lives

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Studies Link Education and Longer Lives

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Researchers have offered a variety of explanations for longevity, and lately a new one has emerged: education is the single social factor consistently linked to longer lives wherever it has been studied.

It "keeps coming up," says Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging. It's more important than race, wealth or health insurance.

"I would put education at the top of my list," says City University of New York health economist Michael Grossman. But that doesn't mean it's the only factor, of course. Having a network of family and friends adds to ones life span-and smoking shortens it.

Trouble is, there's always been a chicken-or-egg debate over this issue. For example: Does social isolation shorten lives or were people isolated because they were sick? Is education simply a proxy for wealth and health? …

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