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dc.contributor.authorWunder, Christophen_US
dc.contributor.authorSchwarze, Johannesen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-12-02en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T12:02:36Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T12:02:36Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-20091019346en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/35862-
dc.description.abstractPosner (1995) proposes the redistribution of health spending from old women to old men to equalize life expectancy. His argument is based on the assumption that women's utility is higher if they are married. Thus, extending the lifespan of men would benefit women. Using life satisfaction data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), we conduct an empirical test of this assumption. We apply a two-step estimation strategy: first, we use a propensity score matching approach to generate a control group of non-widowed women. The average level of life satisfaction in the control group serves as a reference to measure the degree of adaptation to widowhood. In the second step, the life satisfaction trajectories of both groups are estimated using penalized spline regressions. The results suggest bereavement has no enduring effect on life satisfaction, and that falsifies Posner's assumption.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherForschungsinst. zur Zukunft der Arbeit Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 4485en_US
dc.subject.jelC14en_US
dc.subject.jelD10en_US
dc.subject.jelI31en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordWidowhooden_US
dc.subject.keywordadaptationen_US
dc.subject.keywordsubjective well-beingen_US
dc.subject.keywordlife satisfactionen_US
dc.subject.keywordpenalized spline regressionen_US
dc.subject.keywordpropensity score matchingen_US
dc.subject.stwAlte Menschenen_US
dc.subject.stwAlleinlebendeen_US
dc.subject.stwLebenszufriedenheiten_US
dc.subject.stwSterblichkeiten_US
dc.subject.stwGeschlechten_US
dc.subject.stwGesundheitskostenen_US
dc.subject.stwDeutschlanden_US
dc.titleIs Posner right? An empirical test of the Posner argument for transferring health spending from old women to old menen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn614085063en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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