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Do Early Life and Contemporaneous Macro-conditions explain Health at Older Ages?

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  • France Portrait

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    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Rob Alessie

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    (Utrecht University, and Netspar)

  • Dorly Deeg

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    (VU University Amsterdam)

Abstract

The paper presents an approach which thoroughly assesses the role of early life and contemporaneous macro-conditions in explaining health at older ages. In particular, we investigate the role of exposure to infectious diseases and economic conditions during infancy and childhood, as well as the effect of current health care facilities. Specific attention is paid to the impact of unobserved heterogeneity, selective attrition and omitted relevant macro-variables. We apply our approach to self-reports on functional limitations of Dutch older individuals. Our analysis is performed using data from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. The prevalence of functional limitations is found to increase in the nineteen-nineties, in part due to restricted access to hospital care.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 08-051/3.

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Keywords: early life macro-conditions; contemporaneous macro-conditions; functional limitations; aging;

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  1. Mark E. McGovern, 2012. "Don't stress: early life conditions, hypertension and selection into associated risk factors," Working Papers 201223, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
  2. Brandt, Martina & Deindl, Christian & Hank, Karsten, 2012. "Tracing the origins of successful aging: The role of childhood conditions and social inequality in explaining later life health," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 74(9), pages 1418-1425.

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