The Impact of Social Activities on Cognitive Ageing: Evidence from Eleven European Countries
AbstractUsing micro data from eleven European countries, we investigate the impact of being socially active on cognition in older age. Cognitive abilities are measured through scores on numeracy, fluency and recall tests. We address the endogeneity of social activities through panel data and instrumental variable methods. We find that social activities have an important positive effect on cognition, with the results varying by gender. Fluency is positively affected only in females, while numeracy only in males. Finally, recall is affected in both sexes. We also show that social activities, through their effect on cognition, influence positively households’ economic welfare.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 320.
Date of creation: 05 Sep 2012
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Social Activities; Ageing; SHARE; Panel Data;
Other versions of this item:
- Loretti Dobrescu & Dimitris Christelis, 2012. "The Impact of Social Activities on Cognitive Ageing: Evidence From Eleven European Countries," Working Papers 201207, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales.
- I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
- J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
- C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Longitudinal Data; Spatial Time Series
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AGE-2012-09-22 (Economics of Ageing)
- NEP-ALL-2012-09-22 (All new papers)
- NEP-CWA-2012-09-22 (Central & Western Asia)
- NEP-DEM-2012-09-22 (Demographic Economics)
- NEP-EUR-2012-09-22 (Microeconomic European Issues)
- NEP-NEU-2012-09-22 (Neuroeconomics)
- NEP-SOC-2012-09-22 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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