Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35943
Authors: 
Halliday, Timothy J.
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 4369
Abstract: 
We investigate the evolution of health inequality over the life-course. Health is modeled as a latent variable that is determined by three factors: endowments, and permanent and transitory shocks. We employ Simulated Minimum Distance and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to estimate the model. We estimate that permanent shocks account for under 10% of the total variation in health for the college educated, but between 35% and 70% of total health variability for people without college degrees. Consistent with this, we find that health inequality moves substantially more slowly over the life-course for the college educated.
Subjects: 
Health
dynamic panel data models
variance decomposition
JEL: 
I1
C5
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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