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Health, Height, Height Shrinkage, and SES at Older Ages: Evidence from China

Wei Huang (), Xiaoyan Lei, Geert Ridder, John Strauss and Yaohui Zhao

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2013, vol. 5, issue 2, 86-121

Abstract: In this paper, we build on the literature that examines associations between height and health outcomes of the elderly. We investigate the associations of height shrinkage at older ages with socioeconomic status, finding that height shrinkage for both men and women is negatively associated with better schooling, current urban residence, and household per capita expenditures. We then investigate the relationships between pre-shrinkage height, height shrinkage, and a rich set of health outcomes of older respondents, finding that height shrinkage is positively associated with poor health outcomes across a variety of outcomes, being especially strong for cognition outcomes. (JEL I12, J14, O15, P36)

JEL-codes: I12 J14 O15 P36 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.5.2.86
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