Do Early Life and Contemporaneous Macro-Conditions Explain Health at Older Ages?

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. TI 08-051/3

41 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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France Portrait

Tinbergen Institute

Rob Alessie

Utrecht University - School of Economics; VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics

Dorly Deeg

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics

Date Written: May 2008

Abstract

The paper presents an approach which thoroughly assesses the role of early life and contemporaneous macro-conditions in explaining health at older ages. In particular, we investigate the role of exposure to infectious diseases and economic conditions during infancy and childhood, as well as the effect of current health care facilities. Specific attention is paid to the impact of unobserved heterogeneity, selective attrition and omitted relevant macro-variables. We apply our approach to self-reports on functional limitations of Dutch older individuals. Our analysis is performed using data from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. The prevalence of functional limitations is found to increase in the nineteen-nineties, in part due to restricted access to hospital care.

Keywords: early life macro-conditions, contemporaneous macro-conditions, functional limitations, aging

JEL Classification: I12, J11, J17

Suggested Citation

Portrait, France and Alessie, R.J.M. (Rob) and Deeg, Dorly, Do Early Life and Contemporaneous Macro-Conditions Explain Health at Older Ages? (May 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136108 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1136108

France Portrait (Contact Author)

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R.J.M. (Rob) Alessie

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Dorly Deeg

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics ( email )

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Amsterdam, 1081HV
Netherlands

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