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Mortality, lifestyle and socio-economic status

Balia, Silvia - Jones, Andrew M. (2004) Mortality, lifestyle and socio-economic status. Working Paper. CRENoS.

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Abstract

This paper uses the British Health and Lifestyle Survey (1984-1985) data and the longitudinal follow-up of May 2003 to investigate the de- terminants of premature mortality risk in Great Britain. A behavioral model, which relates premature mortality to a set of observable and unobservable factors, is considered. We focus on unobservable indi- vidual heterogeneity and endogeneity a®ecting the mortality equation. A MSL approach for a multivariate probit (MVP) is used to estimate a recursive system of equations for deaths and lifestyles. This model is then compared with the univariate probit models that include or exclude lifestyles. In order to detect inequality in the distribution of health within the population and to calculate the contribution of socio- economic factors, we compare the range measure of health inequality to the Gini coe±cient for overall health inequality. A Gini decomposi- tion analysis for predicted premature mortality shows that endogenous lifestyles and unobservable heterogeneity strongly contribute to inequal- ity in mortality, reducing the role of socio-economic status

Item Type:Technical Report / Working Paper / Project Report (Working Paper)
Publisher:CRENoS
Date:October 2004
Institution:Universita' degli Studi di Cagliari
Divisions:Centri > CRENoS Centro Ricerche Economiche Nord Sud
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-S/04 Demografia
Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-S/05 Statistica sociale
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mortality, Lifestyle, Socio-economic status, Health and Lifestyle
ID Code:244
Deposited On:10 Nov 2008 10:59

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