The Role of Marriage in the Causal Pathway from Economic Conditions Early in Life to Mortality
Gerard J. Van den Berg
VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Tinbergen Institute
affiliation not provided to SSRN
January 15, 2011
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5454
This paper analyzes the interplay between early-life conditions and marital status, as determinants of adult mortality. We use individual data from Dutch registers (years 1815-2000), combined with business cycle conditions in childhood as indicators of early-life conditions. The empirical analysis estimates bivariate duration models of marriage and mortality, allowing for unobserved heterogeneity and causal effects. Results show that conditions around birth and school ages are important for marriage and mortality. Men typically enjoy a protective effect of marriage on mortality, whereas women suffer during childbearing ages. Having been born under favorable economic conditions reduces female mortality during childbearing ages.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 38
Keywords: death, longevity, recession, life expectancy, lifetimes, marital status, timing of events, selectivity, health
JEL Classification: I12, J14, E32, N33, N13, C41working papers series
Date posted: January 31, 2011
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