Socioeconomic Influence on the Health of Older People: Estimates Based on Two Longitudinal Surveys
Neil Buckley (),
A. Robb () and
Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports from McMaster University
There is a strong positive relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and health, but identifying the direction of causation is difficult. This study exploits the longitudinal nature of two Canadian surveys, the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics and the National Population Health Survey, to study the link from SES to health. For people aged 50 and older who are initially in good health we examine whether changes in health status over the next two to four years are related to prior SES, as represented by income and education. Although the two surveys were designed for quite different purposes the evidence they yield with respect to the probability of remaining in good health is strikingly similar. Both suggest that SES does play a role, that the differences across SES groups are quantitatively significant, that the differences increase with age, and that they are much same for men and women.
Keywords: health; socioeconomic status; SLID; NPHS (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Working Paper: Socioeconomic Influence on the Health of Older People: Estimates Based on Two Longitudinal Surveys (2003)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:mcm:qseprr:387
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports from McMaster University Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().