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Gesundheit im Lebenslauf: zur relativen Bedeutung von Selektions- gegenüber Kausaleffekten am Beispiel des Familienstands

  • Rainer Unger
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    In diesem Beitrag wird der relative Anteil von Selektions- gegenüber Kausaleffekten bei den Gesundheitsunterschieden zwischen Verheirateten und Ledigen untersucht. Mit den Daten des Sozio-ökonomischen Panel (SOEP) werden Mehrzustands-Sterbetafeln berechnet, um sowohl Wechsel zwischen Gesundheitszuständen als auch Wechsel zwischen den Familienständen simultan im Lebensverlauf zu bestimmen. Dabei zeigt sich, dass - entgegen den bislang vorliegenden Untersuchungen, die jedoch den Selektionseinfluss nicht kontrollieren - dem Protektionseinfluss und damit einer kausalen Wirkung der Ehe auf den Gesundheitszustand keine Bedeutung zukommt. Vielmehr lässt sichder Gesundheitsunterschied vollständig auf die Selektion der Gesünderen in die Ehe erklären.

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    Paper provided by DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in its series SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research with number 54.

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    Length: 21 p.
    Date of creation: 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:diw:diwsop:diw_sp54
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