Accurately Measuring Health Over the Life Course

52 Pages Posted: 13 May 2010

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Fabian Lange

Yale University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Douglas McKee

Cornell University

Date Written: May 1, 2010


This paper develops a new method of estimating rich, dynamic models of health based on multiple health measures available in the HRS. We apply these methods to investigate what generates the large socioeconomic gradient in health. Preliminary results suggest a large role for initial differences in health at age 50 that persist into old age.

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Lange, Fabian and McKee, Douglas, Accurately Measuring Health Over the Life Course (May 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

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Douglas McKee

Cornell University ( email )

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