Healthiness, Education, and Marital Status

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Paul Taubman

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Sherwin Rosen

University of Chicago (Deceased)

Date Written: December 1980

Abstract

In this paper we use data from the Retirement History Survey (RHS) to examine the relationship of some sociodemographic and economic variables to morbidity and mortality. Since the RHS is a longitudinal survey, we are able to study current health conditioned on prior health as well as the more usual unconditioned estimates. We find that health is related to education and marital status though the marital effects are much weaker when we condition for prior health. These effects persist when we control for income and use of medical facilities. An interesting finding is that married men seem to persist in the state of poor health rather than dying.

Suggested Citation

Taubman, Paul and Rosen, Sherwin, Healthiness, Education, and Marital Status (December 1980). NBER Working Paper No. w0611, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=275369

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Sherwin Rosen

University of Chicago (Deceased)

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