Height and well-being amongst older Europeans
AbstractThis paper uses a cross-country representative sample of Europeans over the age of 50 to analyse whether individuals’ height is associated with higher or lower levels of well-being. Two outcomes are used: a measure of depression symptoms reported by individuals and a categorical measure of life satisfaction. It is shown that there is a concave relationship between height and symptoms of depression. These results are sensitive to the inclusion of several sets of controls reflecting demographics, human capital and health status. While parsimonious models suggest that height is protective against depression, the addition of controls, particularly related to health, suggests the reverse effect: tall people are predicted to have slightly more symptoms of depression. Height has no significant association with life satisfaction in models with controls for health and human capital.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by School Of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201036.
Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 22 Oct 2010
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height; depression; well-being; life satisfaction; health;
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- NEP-HEA-2010-10-30 (Health Economics)
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- The negative effect of height on well-being: a tall story?
by Kevin Denny in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2010-10-22 03:03:00
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- Alan Fernihough & McGovern, Mark E., 2014.
"Physical Stature Decline and the Health Status of the Elderly Population in England,"
143351, Harvard University OpenScholar.
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- Carrieri, Vincenzo & De Paola, Maria, 2012. "Height and subjective well-being in Italy," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 10(3), pages 289-298.
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