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dc.contributor.authorThompson, Owenen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-03-24en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-25T07:17:52Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-25T07:17:52Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/64167-
dc.description.abstractThis paper investigates how the association between cognitive achievement and self-rated health in middle age differs by race, and attempts to explain these differences. The role of cognition in health determination has received only limited empirical attention, and even less is known about how race may affect this relationship. Using data from the NLSY, I find that while whites with higher cognitive achievement scores tend to report substantially better general health, this relationship is far weaker or wholly absent among blacks. Further tests suggest that about 35% of this racial difference can be explained by behavioral decisions during adulthood, and that another portion of the disparity may trace back to prenatal and early childhood experiences. The paper closes by noting that its results are broadly consistent with explanations of the racial health gap that emphasize entrenched forms of racial discrimination.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUniv. of Massachusetts, Dep. of Economics Amherst, Mass.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking Paper, University of Massachusetts, Department of Economics 2011-02en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordCognitionen_US
dc.subject.keywordHealthen_US
dc.subject.keywordRaceen_US
dc.subject.keywordAFQTen_US
dc.subject.keywordBirth Weighten_US
dc.titleRacial disparities in the cognition-health relationshipen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn654781494en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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