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Are There Differences in the Health-Socioeconomic Status Relationship over the Life Cycle? Evidence from Germany

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  • Bender, Keith A.

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    (University of Aberdeen)

  • Habermalz, Steffen

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    (Northwestern University)

Abstract

Most research on the relationship between health and socioeconomic status (SES) controls for changing age or investigates the relationship for a particular age range. This paper, however, examines changes in the relationship across ages, as well as controls for potential endogeneity in the health-SES relationship. Using data from German Socio Economic Panel, we find that the health-SES relationship does vary across the life cycle and that endogeneity is an important influence on the relationship. We also find tentative evidence that universal access to health care reduces the impact of income on self-reported health satisfaction.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1560.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2005
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Publication status: published in: Labour, 2008, 22 (1), 107-125
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1560

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Keywords: health; endogeneity; socioeconomic status; Germany; life cycle;

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  1. Eriksson, Tor & Bratsberg, Bernt & Raaum, Oddbjørn, 2005. "Earnings persistence across generations: Transmission through health?," Memorandum 35/2005, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
  2. Gisela Hostenkamp & Michael Stolpe, 2006. "The Health Gradient and Early Retirement: Evidence from the German Socio-economic Panel," Kiel Working Papers 1305, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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