Health Behaviour Convergence: Evidence from Fractional (Long Memory) Convergence and British Microdata

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Nicholas Apergis

University of Piraeus; University of Derby

Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

This paper uses a fractional methodology to assess convergence in terms of differences in health quality measures, based on six primary criteria, across the English regions. Hence, it uses the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing database and the retrospective interviews from 16,894 participants, aged 50+, with data from three waves–2004/5, 2006/7 and 2008/9, to establish that health quality is characterized by divergences across six health quality criteria. When the overall sample is differentiated through income, education and employment, the evidence favors convergence, indicating that certain socioeconomic factors impose a uniform behavioral attitude of the population toward health quality criteria.

Suggested Citation

Apergis, Nicholas, Health Behaviour Convergence: Evidence from Fractional (Long Memory) Convergence and British Microdata (January 2018). The Manchester School, Vol. 86, Issue 1, pp. 76-99, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3086902 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/manc.12185

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University of Derby ( email )

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