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Income and Longevity Revisited: Do High-earning Women Live Longer?

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  • Friedrich Breyer

    () (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany)

  • Jan Marcus

    () (DIW Berlin, Germany)

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The empirical relationship between income and longevity has been addressed by a large number of studies, but most were confined to men. For the first time we analyze a large data set from the German public pension scheme on women who died between 1994 and 2005, employing both non-parametric and parametric methods. We find that the relationship between earnings and life expectancy is similar for women and men: Among women who contributed at least for 25 years, women at the 90th percentile of the income distribution can expect to live 3 years longer than women at the 10th percentile.

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  • Friedrich Breyer & Jan Marcus, 2011. "Income and Longevity Revisited: Do High-earning Women Live Longer?," Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz 2011-13, Department of Economics, University of Konstanz.
  • Handle: RePEc:knz:dpteco:1113
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    1. von Gaudecker, Hans-Martin & Scholz, Rembrandt, 2006. "Lifetime Earnings and Life Expectancy," Sonderforschungsbereich 504 Publications 07-05, Sonderforschungsbereich 504, Universit├Ąt Mannheim;Sonderforschungsbereich 504, University of Mannheim.
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    1. GRABKA Markus & MARCUS Jan & SIERMINSKA Eva, 2013. "Wealth distribution within couples and financial decision making," LISER Working Paper Series 2013-02, LISER.

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    Keywords

    Life expectancy and income; women; public pensions; Germany;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions

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