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The impact of spousal bereavement on subjective wellbeing: Evidence from the Taiwanese elderly population

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  • Tseng, Fu-Min
  • Petrie, Dennis
  • Leon-Gonzalez, Roberto

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Bereavement is an inevitable event in our life. This paper employs the Taiwanese panel Survey of Health and Living Status of the Elderly (SHLSE) to evaluate the impact of losing a spouse on self-assessed health and subjective well-being measured by depression and life satisfaction. Propensity score matching methods are used to generate a hypothetical bereavement date and a weight for the non-bereaved to create a comparable non-bereaved cohort and a difference-in-differences (DiD) approach is used to estimate the impact of spousal bereavement.

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  • Tseng, Fu-Min & Petrie, Dennis & Leon-Gonzalez, Roberto, 2017. "The impact of spousal bereavement on subjective wellbeing: Evidence from the Taiwanese elderly population," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 1-12.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:26:y:2017:i:c:p:1-12
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2017.01.003
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    1. Kung, Claryn S.J., 2020. "Health in widowhood: The roles of social capital and economic resources," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 253(C).

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