Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86654
Authors: 
Galama, Titus J.
van Kippersluis, Hans
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 10-079/3
Abstract: 
Understanding of the substantial disparity in health between low and high socioeconomic status (SES) groups is hampered by the lack of a suffciently comprehensive theoretical framework to interpret empirical facts and to predict yet untested relations. We present a life-cycle model that incorporates multiple mechanisms explaining (jointly) a large part of the observed disparities in health by SES. In our model, lifestyle factors, working conditions, retirement, living conditions and curative care are mechanisms through which SES, health and mortality are related. Our model predicts a widening and possibly a subsequent narrowing with age of the gradient in health by SES.
Subjects: 
socioeconomic status
education
health
demand for health
health capital
medical care
life cycle
age
labor
retirement
mortality
JEL: 
D91
I10
I12
J00
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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