Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/82178
Authors: 
Lindeboom, Maarten
Portrait, France
van den Berg, Gerard
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2002:19
Abstract: 
Major events in the life of an older individual, such as retirement, a significant decrease in income, death of the spouse, disability, and a move to a nursing home, may affect the mental health status of the individual. For example, the individual may enter a prolonged depression. We investigate this using unique longitudinal panel data that track labor market behavior, health status, and major life events, over time. To deal with endogenous aspects of these events we apply fixed effects estimation methods. We find some strinkingly large effects of certain events on the occurence of depression. We relate the results to the health care and labor market policy towards older individuals.
Subjects: 
Death
retirement
income loss
disease
depression
health indicators
widowhood
care
panel data
endogeneity
fixed effects
JEL: 
I18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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