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Physician Longitudinal Relationship between Participation in Physical Activity and Health

Logan McLeod () and Jane Ruseski

No 150002, Working Papers from Canadian Centre for Health Economics

Abstract: Health production models include participation in physical activity as an input. We investigate the longitudinal relationship between participation in physical activity and health outcomes using a random effects probit model and a dynamic unobserved effect probit model. Estimates based on data from 8 cycles of the Canadian National Population Health Survey (NPHS) indicate lagged participation in physical activity has a modest negative effect on the incidence of high blood pressure, ulcers, arthritis, and heart disease. Lagged participation in physical activity has a relatively large negative effect on the probability of being in fair or poor health self-reported health.

Keywords: health production; physical activity; lifestyle choices; random effects probit; dynamic unobserved effects probit (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2015-01
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Published Online, January 2015

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