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Demographic and Economic Correlates of Health in Old Age


  • Smith, J-P
  • Kington, R


In this paper we examine disparities in the ability to function among older Americans. We place special emphasis on two goals : (1) understanding the quantitatively large socioeconomic status-health gradient, and (2) the persistence in health outcomes over long periods.

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  • Smith, J-P & Kington, R, 1997. "Demographic and Economic Correlates of Health in Old Age," Papers 97-06, RAND - Reprint Series.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:randrs:97-06

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    1. Michael Grossman, 1972. "The Demand for Health: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number gros72-1, January.
    2. Lichtenstein, Paul & Harris, Jennifer R. & Pedersen, Nancy L. & McClearn, G.E., 1993. "Socioeconomic status and physical health, how are they related? An empirical study based on twins reared apart and twins reared together," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 36(4), pages 441-450, February.
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    JEL classification:

    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination


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