Healthy Minds in Healthy Bodies: An International Comparison of Education-Related Inequality in Physical Health Among Older Adults

25 Pages Posted: 27 May 2009

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Hendrik Jürges

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Abstract

We study education-related inequality in the physical health of older adults across 11 European countries and the United States. Combining the data from Health and Retirement Study 2002, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing 2002 and the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe 2004, our results suggest that education is strongly correlated with health both across and within countries. Education-related inequality in health is larger in Mediterranean and Anglo-Saxon countries than in western European countries. We find no evidence of a trade-off between health levels and equity in health. Education-related inequality in health is hardly driven by income or wealth effects (except in the United States), and differences in health behaviours (smoking) by education level contribute little to health differences across education groups.

Suggested Citation

Jürges, Hendrik, Healthy Minds in Healthy Bodies: An International Comparison of Education-Related Inequality in Physical Health Among Older Adults. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 56, Issue 3, pp. 296-320, July 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1409154 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9485.2009.00485.x

Hendrik Jürges (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA) ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

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