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Health and Work of the Elderly

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  • Maarten Lindeboom

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    (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Marcel Kerkhofs

    (OSA Institute for Labour Studies, Tilburg University)

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This paper aims to exp1ore the interre1ation between hea1th and work decisions of e1der1y workers, taking the various ways in which hea1th and work can influence each other exp1icitly into account. For this, two issues are of re1evance. Se1f-assessed health measures are usually at hand in empiricalanalyses and research indicates that these may be affected by endogenous, state dependent, reporting behaviour. Furthermore, even if an objective health measure is used, it is not likely to be strictly exogenous to labour market status or labour income. Health and labour market variables are correlatedbecause of unobserved individual-specific characteristics (e.g., investments in human capital and health capital). Moreover, one's labour rnarket status is expected to have a (reverse) causal effect on health. A solution to the 'Health and Retirement Nexus' requires an integrated model for work decisions, health production and health reporting mechanisms. We formulate such a model andestirnate it on a longitudinal dataset of Dutch elderly.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 02-025/3.

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Date of creation: 13 Mar 2002
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20020025

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Keywords: Retirement; health; endogeneity; state dependent reporting errors.;

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Cited by:
  1. Doreen Wing Han Au & Thomas F. Crossley & Martin Schellhorn, 2005. "The Effect of Health Changes and Long-term Health on the Work Activity of Older Canadians," Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports 397, McMaster University.
  2. James Banks & Arie Kapteyn & James P. Smith & Arthur van Soest, 2004. "International Comparisons of Work Disability," Working Papers 155, RAND Corporation Publications Department.
  3. Danilo Cavapozzi, 2008. "Health and Labor Supply Dynamics of Older Married Workers," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0073, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".

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