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The difference-in-difference method: Assessing the selection bias in the effects of neighborhood environment on health

  • Grafova, Irina B.
  • Freedman, Vicki A.
  • Lurie, Nicole
  • Kumar, Rizie
  • Rogowski, Jeannette

This paper uses the difference-in-difference estimation approach to explore the self-selection bias in estimating the effect of neighborhood economic environment on self-assessed health among older adults. The results indicate that there is evidence of downward bias in the conventional estimates of the effect of neighborhood economic disadvantage on self-reported health, representing a lower bound of the true effect.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics & Human Biology.

Volume (Year): 13 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 20-33

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