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On the reliability of self-reported health: Evidence from Albanian data


  • Nicolas Gérard Vaillant

    () (UMR CNRS 8179 - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Université de Lille, Sciences et Technologies, UCL - Université catholique de Lille)

  • François-Charles Wolff

    (LEMNA - Laboratoire d'économie et de management de Nantes Atlantique - IEMN-IAE Nantes - Institut d'Économie et de Management de Nantes - Institut d'Administration des Entreprises - Nantes - UN - Université de Nantes - IUML - FR 3473 Institut universitaire Mer et Littoral - UBS - Université de Bretagne Sud - UM - Le Mans Université - UA - Université d'Angers - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - IFREMER - Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer - UN - Université de Nantes - ECN - École Centrale de Nantes, INED - Institut national d'études démographiques)


This paper investigates the reliability of self-assessed measures of health using panel data collected in Albania by the World Bank in 2002, 2003 and 2004 through the Living Standard Measurement Study project. As the survey includes questions on a self-assessed measure of health and on more objective health problems, both types of information are combined with a view to understanding how respondents change their answers to the self-reported measures over time. Estimates from random effects ordered Probit models show that differences in self-reported subjective health between individuals are much more marked than those over time, suggesting a strong state dependence in subjective health status. The empirical analysis also reveals respondent consistency, from both a subjective and an objective viewpoint. Self-reported health is much more influenced by permanent shocks than by more transitory illness or injury.

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  • Nicolas Gérard Vaillant & François-Charles Wolff, 2012. "On the reliability of self-reported health: Evidence from Albanian data," Working Papers hal-00694448, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:wpaper:hal-00694448
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    1. Xesfingi, Sofia & Karamanis, Dimitrios & Kechrinioti, Alexandra, 2019. "Subjective health status and immigration: Evidence across Europe," MPRA Paper 95126, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Lee, Yong-Woo, 2016. "State Dependence, Unobserved Heterogeneity, And Health Dynamics In Korea," Hitotsubashi Journal of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, vol. 57(2), pages 195-221, December.
    3. Yang, Qingqing & Rosenman, Robert, 2015. "Adjusting Self-Assessed Health for Potential Bias Using a Random-Effects Generalized Ordered Probit model," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 205217, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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    self-reported health; random effects ordered Probit; Albania;

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