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dc.contributor.authorSchwarze, Johannesen_US
dc.contributor.authorAndersen, Hanfried H.en_US
dc.contributor.authorAnger, Silkeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-19T10:25:18Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-19T10:25:18Z-
dc.date.issued2002en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:kobv:11-10049275en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/65359-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Studies from several countries have shown that self-rated health is an independent predictor of mortality. However, no empirical evidence exists for Germany so far. We investigate the effectiveness of (i) self-ratings of health by individuals and (ii) changes in self-rated health, as predictors of mortality for Germany. Methods: A sub-sample of 3,096 respondents, aged 50 years and over, is drawn from the annual collections of data of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (GSOEP), between 1994 and 1996. Several probit models are estimated in order to analyse the impact of selfrated health and of changes in self-rated health on predictions of mortality. Results: We find that, while currently self-rated health is shown to be a valid predictor of mortality in Germany, adding previously self-rated health has no effect on explaining the probability of death. Furthermore, one-year changes in self-rated health do not have an additional impact on predicting mortality. Conclusion: Our results for Germany confirm international evidence. In addition, the assumption that self-rated health reflects trajectories and not only the current level of health can be neglected. This leads us to the conclusion that self-rated health reflects a static rather than a dynamic perspective of health. Therefore, when evaluating a population's state of health, it may be sufficient to rely on self-assessments of health at one point of time instead of using panel data.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherHumboldt-Universität Berlinen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Papers, Interdisciplinary Research Project 373: Quantification and Simulation of Economic Processes 2002,64en_US
dc.subject.jelI12en_US
dc.subject.jelC23en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordMortalityen_US
dc.subject.keywordSelf-Rated Healthen_US
dc.subject.keywordTrajectory Hypothesisen_US
dc.titleSelf-rated and changes in self-rated health as predictors of mortality: First evidence from german panel dataen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn727040669en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:zbw:sfb373:200264-
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