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Controlling for endogeneity in the health-socioeconomic status relationship of the near retired

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  • Bender, Keith A.
  • Theodossiou, Ioannis

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Although there is a strong correlation between health and socioeconomic status (SES), the direction of causation is not empirically clear. This study a uses a two stage methodology to control for endogeneity. Using data from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study, the results show that after controlling for endogeneity, labor force status turns out to be an even more important factor in determining health than in the case where endogeneity is not controlled for. In particular, unemployment generates much higher odds for worse health as measured by both subjective and objective health measures.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics).

Volume (Year): 38 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 977-987

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Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:38:y:2009:i:6:p:977-987

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Keywords: Socioeconomic status Subjective and objective health measures Endogeneity Labor force status;

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  1. Maite Blázquez & Elena Cottini & Ainhoa Herrarte, 2014. "The socioeconomic gradient in health: how important is material deprivation?," Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer, Springer, vol. 12(2), pages 239-264, June.

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