Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/91693
Authors: 
Booker, Cara L.
Pudney, Stephen
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Working Paper Series 2013-30
Abstract: 
We investigate the nature and origin of comorbidity, defined as the tendency of members of marital couples to display correlated patterns of ill-health in later life. In the absence of long-term prospective data on couples, we use long-range recall data from the pan-European SHARELife survey and estimate a latent variable model of the health states of marital partners in childhood, early adulthood and late adulthood. We find strong persistence in health states and a strong comorbidity correlation, attributable almost equally to homogamy in relation to early health and common factors operating within marriage.
Subjects: 
Health
disability
lifecourse
homogamy
SHARE
JEL: 
I12
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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