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What is Happening with Quality of Life Among the Oldest People in Southern European Countries? An Empirical Approach Based on the SHARE Data

David Cantarero-Prieto (), Marta Pascual-Sáez () and Carla Blázquez-Fernández ()
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David Cantarero-Prieto: University of Cantabria
Marta Pascual-Sáez: University of Cantabria
Carla Blázquez-Fernández: University of Cantabria

Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, 2018, vol. 140, issue 3, 1195-1209

Abstract: Abstract Population aging in developed countries has created new challenges to improve the well-being of individuals at different age cohorts. This issue is especially significant for Southern European countries, were aging societies have worse health and less socio-economic resources. The aim of this study is to contribute to this body of literature and to estimate the effect of aging on quality of life of oldest people. This paper uses the latest available data (6th wave) from the Survey on Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). Specifically, robust ordinary least squares and multilevel regressions are employed to analyse the effects of socioeconomic, health, and community factors on quality of life among the oldest population for Southern European countries. Our findings confirm the significance of several factors on life satisfaction among the oldest population in this group of countries. Moreover, we show that the determinants which are correlated with quality of life include predisposing, health, geographic area and social isolation factors.

Keywords: Quality of life; Oldest people; Southern European countries; SHARE; Multilevel regressions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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