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Einfluss der Einkommensposition auf die Gesundheit und Lebenserwartung

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  • Thomas Lampert
  • Lars Eric Kroll

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Income is an important determinant of individual standards of living and participation in social life. Data from the German Socio-Economic Panel shows that the level of income also affects a person's health and life expectancy. People's self-assessment of their health and health-related quality of life follow a distribution pattern which can be described as gradient: the lower the income, the more frequent the impairments to subjective health. Life expectancy statistics also reflect income differences, primarily due to premature deaths among lower-income groups. Clues for explaining income-related differences in health and life expectancy can be found in the results on health-related behaviour and use of the medical system.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 527.

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Length: 26 p.
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp527

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Keywords: Income; Poverty; Social inequality; Health; German Socio-Economic Panel;

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  1. Monika Sander, 2007. "Return Migration and the "Healthy Immigrant Effect"," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 60, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  2. Achatz, Juliane & Hirseland, Andreas & Lietzmann, Torsten & Zabel, Cordula, 2013. "Alleinerziehende Mütter im Bereich des SGB II : eine Synopse empirischer Befunde aus der IAB-Forschung," IAB-Forschungsbericht 201308, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
  3. Silja Göhlmann, 2007. "Who Smokes and How Much? - Empirical Evidence for Germany," Ruhr Economic Papers 0026, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

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