Unemployed, Uneducated and Sick: The Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Health Duration in the European Union

University of Aberdeen Business School Working Paper No. 2007-11

Posted: 10 Jan 2008

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David Cooper

University of Aberdeen - Business School

W. David McCausland

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Date Written: March 2007

Abstract

This paper employs a logistic model to measure the effect of socioeconomic and individual characteristics on the length of time an individual remains in good health. It employs an objective measure of physical health, the Physical and Mental Health Problems, Illnesses and Disabilities (PMID) measure in the ECHP dataset, for 13 European countries, for the years 1994-2002. The results show that socioeconomic status does affect the likelihood of individuals entering bad health. In particular, unemployment increases and education decreases the probability of a person ceasing to enjoy good health. Income effects, are however, somewhat weaker, being confined to a small number of countries and being mainly observed only for the highest income quartile. Interesting age and gender effects are also found.

Keywords: Unemployment, education, health duration

JEL Classification: C23, C33, I12, J100, J69

Suggested Citation

Cooper, David and McCausland, W. David and Theodossiou, Ioannis, Unemployed, Uneducated and Sick: The Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Health Duration in the European Union (March 2007). University of Aberdeen Business School Working Paper No. 2007-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1082222

David Cooper (Contact Author)

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W. David McCausland

University of Aberdeen - Business School ( email )

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Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School ( email )

Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

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