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When I'm 104: The Determinants Of Healthy Longevity among the Oldest-Old in China

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  • Dennis Ahlburg

    () (Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado-Boulder)

  • Eric R. Jensen

    () (Department of Economics, College of William and Mary)

  • Ruyan Liao

    () (Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota)

Abstract

This study uses the China Healthy Longevity Survey of Oldest-Old to investigate the health status of the oldest-old in China. We found that the different measures of health collected in the survey were only moderately related. That is, there is not a single construct called "health". We found that work history was modestly related to some measures of health. We also found that childhood health and socioeconomic status were correlated with health even at advanced ages. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to examine this connection in developing countries and at such advanced ages.

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  • Dennis Ahlburg & Eric R. Jensen & Ruyan Liao, 2006. "When I'm 104: The Determinants Of Healthy Longevity among the Oldest-Old in China," Working Papers 34, Department of Economics, College of William and Mary.
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    1. Samuel H. Preston & Michael R. Haines, 1991. "Fatal Years: Child Mortality in Late Nineteenth-Century America," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number pres91-1, April.
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    1. Zeng Yi & Danan Gu & Kenneth Land, 2007. "The association of childhood socioeconomic conditions with healthy longevity at the oldest-old ages in China," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 44(3), pages 497-518, August.

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    Keywords

    Aging; oldest-old; longevity;

    JEL classification:

    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General

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