An Econometric Analysis of the Mental-health Effects of Major Events in the Life of Elderly Individuals
AbstractMajor events in the life of an elderly individual, such as retirement, a significant decrease in income, death of the spouse, disability, and a move toa nursing home, may affect the mental health status of the individual. Forexample, the individual may enter a prolonged depression. We investigatethis using unique longitudinal panel data that track labor market behavior,health status, and major life events, over time. To deal with endogenousaspects of these events we apply fixed effects estimation methods. We findsome strikingly large effects of certain events on the occurrence of depression. We show that the results are of importance for the design of healthcare and labor market policy towards the elderly. See publication in Health Economics , 2002, 11(6), 505-520.
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death; retirement; income loss; disease; depression; health indicators; widowhood; care; panel data; endogeneity; fixed effects;
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- Lindeboom, Maarten & Portrait, France & van den Berg, Gerard J., 2001. "An Econometric Analysis of the Mental-Health Effects of Major Events in the Life of Elderly Individuals," IZA Discussion Papers 398, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- Lindeboom, Maarten & Portrait, France & van den Berg, Gerard J, 2001. "An Econometric Analysis of the Mental-Health Effects of Major Events in the Life of Elderly Individuals," CEPR Discussion Papers 3091, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
- J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
- J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
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