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Environmental Impacts on Health - A multilevel analysis on the effect of household characteristics on self-rated health

Nora Müller ()
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Nora Müller: Fakultät Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

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Zeitschrift für Nachwuchswissenschaftler - German Journal for Young Researchers, 2010, vol. 2, issue 1, pages 6-26

Abstract: Recent research reports that inequalities in health are not only the result of individual behaviour but also of environmental influences. This study analyses on household-level, whether such an environmental influence on self-rated health can be found. Using data of the German Socio-Economic Panel, three latent dimensions of environment have been constructed: „quality of life“, „social environment“, and „infrastructure“. Via multilevel regressions it could be shown, that, under control of individual socio–demographic characteristics, a household’s level of quality of life as well as its infrastructure do have a significant effect on its members’ self-rated health, whereas no significant effect could be found for a household’s social environment.

Keywords: Self-rated health; inequality; environment; multi-level regression; GSOEP (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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