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The impact of spousal bereavement on subjective wellbeing: Evidence from the Taiwanese elderly population

Fu-Min Tseng, Dennis Petrie () and Roberto Leon-Gonzalez ()

Economics & Human Biology, 2017, vol. 26, issue C, 1-12

Abstract: Bereavement is an inevitable event in our life. This paper employs the Taiwanese panel Survey of Health and Living Status of the Elderly (SHLSE) to evaluate the impact of losing a spouse on self-assessed health and subjective well-being measured by depression and life satisfaction. Propensity score matching methods are used to generate a hypothetical bereavement date and a weight for the non-bereaved to create a comparable non-bereaved cohort and a difference-in-differences (DiD) approach is used to estimate the impact of spousal bereavement.

Keywords: Spousal bereavement; Difference-in-differences; Subjective wellbeing; Self-assessed health; Depression; Life satisfaction (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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