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The Impact of Social Activities on Cognitive Ageing: Evidence From Eleven European Countries

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  • Loretti Dobrescu

    () (School of Economics and ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales)

  • Dimitris Christelis

    () (CSEF, Dept. of Economics, University of Naples Federico II)

Abstract

Using 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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  • 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.
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    1. Social Participation and Cognition Later in Life
      by UDADISI in UDADISI on 2012-09-26 17:27:00

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    Keywords

    Cognition; Ageing; Social Activities; SHARE; Panel Data;

    JEL classification:

    • 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; Spatio-temporal Models

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