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The determinants of self-rated health in the Republic of Ireland : further evidence and future directions


  • Liam Delaney
  • Colm Harmon
  • Cecily Kelleher
  • Caroline Kenny


This paper examines the determinants of self-rated health in the Republic of Ireland using data from the 2001 Quarterly National Household Survey Health Module and the 2005 ESRI Time Usage Survey. Results indicate that self-rated health is a useful proxy for self-reported chronic illness indices. Higher education, having private medical insurance cover and being married is associated with better self-rated health. The strong inverse relationship between age and self-rated health is found to be robust to the inclusion of self-reported morbidity. Caregivers display lower self-rated health, even after controlling for age, marital status and education. We find only minor effects of gender. Understanding further the causal nature of the above associations is a key issue for future research.

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  • Liam Delaney & Colm Harmon & Cecily Kelleher & Caroline Kenny, 2008. "The determinants of self-rated health in the Republic of Ireland : further evidence and future directions," Working Papers 200811, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:200811

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    1. Liam Delaney & Pat Wall & Fearghal O'hAodha, 2007. "Social Capital & Self-Rated Health in the Republic of Ireland. Evidence from the European Social Survey," Working Papers 200707, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
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    Health surveys--Ireland; Health behavior--Ireland; Health status indicators--Ireland;

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