Education Improves Your Health (If You’re a Drunk Korean Guy That Smokes)

The Healthcare Economist recently wrote about a clinical study published in the Journal of Health Economics that examined whether education correlates with healthy behaviors. And it seemed to prove true; those who are educated saw their doctors more often and exercised more regularly, even though education seemed to have no effect on smoking or drinking habits, which is a bit surprising. Then we read that the study was done in Korea, studying only Korean males.

Is this a health trend that we can correlate to other populations, or are Korean males simply just more prone to drinking and smoking overall?  (I’m leaning towards the latter option.)

(Flickr photo credit: WanderingSolesPhotography)

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About Jen

I’m a Korean-American living in the bay area, I studied public health and social work in grad school, and I have an obsession for anything theater related, especially ballet and Broadway musicals. I just spent three years in NYC so I am still adjusting to normal winter weather and having a car, and most of the time, I am busy funding my passion for theater with a full-time job in healthcare public relations. On any given day, you can find me watching Project Runway, shopping, doing yoga, skipping to the theater, or looking for the perfect cocktail.
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