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Socioeconomic Influence on the Health of Older People: Estimates Based on Two Longitudinal Surveys

Neil Buckley (), Frank Denton, A. Robb () and Byron Spencer

Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers from McMaster University

Abstract: 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: 40 pages
Date: 2003-11
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