Are There Differences in the Health-Socioeconomic Status Relationship over the Life Cycle? Evidence from Germany
Keith A. Bender
University of Aberdeen - Business School
Northwestern University - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1560
Most research on the relationship between health and socioeconomic status (SES) controls for changing age or investigates the relationship for a particular age range. This paper, however, examines changes in the relationship across ages, as well as controls for potential endogeneity in the health-SES relationship. Using data from German Socio Economic Panel, we find that the health-SES relationship does vary across the life cycle and that endogeneity is an important influence on the relationship. We also find tentative evidence that universal access to health care reduces the impact of income on self-reported health satisfaction.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: health, socioeconomic status, endogeneity, life cycle, Germany
JEL Classification: I0, I12, J0, J60, C13working papers series
Date posted: April 19, 2005
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