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El estado de salud del adulto mayor en América Latina

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  • R. Todd Jewell

    (Department of Economics, University of North Texas)

  • Máximo Rossi

    (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Patricia Triunfo

    (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

Abstract

Utilizing data from the Health, Well-Being, and Aging Survey (La Encuesta sobre Salud,Bienestar, y Envejecimiento), this study analyzes the health status of adults over age 60 in five Latin American countries: Argentina, Brasil, Chile, México, and Uruguay. We employ ordered probit models that allow us to investigate the effects of socioeconomic variables on self-reported health status. The results indicate that self-reported health is positively correlated with good nutrition, more education, and an active lifestyle. Males and those who are satisfied with their current level of income are more likely to report better health. We also find that socioeconomic status early in life influences self-reported health status; this result has important implications for public health policy. Finally, the relationship between socioeconomic measures and self-reported health appears to be relatively consistent across these five countries.

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  • R. Todd Jewell & Máximo Rossi & Patricia Triunfo, 2006. "El estado de salud del adulto mayor en América Latina," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 2006, Department of Economics - dECON.
  • Handle: RePEc:ude:wpaper:2006
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    1. Ianina Rossi & Fernanda Tellechea & Fiorella Tramontin & Patricia Triunfo, 2007. "El estado de salud de los uruguayos," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 34(1 Year 20), pages 73-96, June.
    2. R Todd Jewell & Maximo Rossi & Patricia Triunfo, 2006. "El Estado de Salud de los Jóvenes Uruguayos," Latin American Journal of Economics-formerly Cuadernos de Economía, Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile., vol. 43(128), pages 235-250.

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    Keywords

    health status; aging; endogeneity;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis

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