Self-assessed health, reference levels, and mortality
The paper studies the relationship between self-assessed health and subsequent mortality in the German Socio-Economic Panel. Specifically, I examine whether socio-economic characteristics of respondents have an effect on mortality, conditional on self-assessed health. Such conditional effects are shown to exist for many covariates, including age, sex, income, and education. These findings question the comparability of self-assessed health across different socio-economic groups.
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