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The Determinants of Self-Rated Health in the Republic of Ireland Further Evidence and Future Directions

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  • Liam Delaney

    (Geary Institute, School of Public Health & Population Science, School of Economics, University College Dublin)

  • Colm Harmon

    (Geary Institute, School of Economics, University College Dublin)

  • Cecily Kelleher

    (Geary Institute, School of Public Health & Population Science, University College Dublin)

  • Caroline Kenny

    (Geary Institute, University College Dublin)

Abstract

This paper examines the determinants of self-rated health in the Republic of Ireland using data from the 2001 Quarterly National Household Survey Health Module and the 2005 ESRI Time Usage Survey. Results indicate that self-rated health is a useful proxy for self-reported chronic illness indices. Higher education, having private medical insurance cover and being married is associated with better self-rated health. The strong inverse relationship between age and self-rated health is found to be robust to the inclusion of self-reported morbidity. Caregivers display lower self-rated health, even after controlling for age, marital status and education. We find only minor effects of gender. Understanding further the causal nature of the above associations is a key issue for future research.

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Paper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200741.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 10 Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ucd:wpaper:200741

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  1. Ferrie, Jane E. & Shipley, Martin J. & Newman, Katherine & Stansfeld, Stephen A. & Marmot, Michael, 2005. "Self-reported job insecurity and health in the Whitehall II study: potential explanations of the relationship," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 60(7), pages 1593-1602, April.
  2. Allison, R. Andrew & Foster, James E., 2004. "Measuring health inequality using qualitative data," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 23(3), pages 505-524, May.
  3. Liam Delaney & Pat Wall & Fearghal O'hAodha, 2007. "Social Capital & Self-Rated Health in the Republic of Ireland. Evidence from the European Social Survey," Working Papers 200707, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
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