Healthy Minds in Healthy Bodies: An International Comparison of Education-Related Inequality in Physical Health among Older Adults

TitleHealthy Minds in Healthy Bodies: An International Comparison of Education-Related Inequality in Physical Health among Older Adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsJurges, H
JournalScottish Journal of Political Economy
Volume56
Issue3
Pagination296-320
Call Numbernewpubs20090908_Jurges.pdf
KeywordsCross-National, Demographics, Health Conditions and Status, Methodology
Abstract

We study education-related inequality in the physical health of older adults across 11 European countries and the United States. Combining the data from Health and Retirement Study 2002, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing 2002 and the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe 2004, our results suggest that education is strongly correlated with health both across and within countries. Education-related inequality in health is larger in Mediterranean and Anglo-Saxon countries than in western European countries. We find no evidence of a trade-off between health levels and equity in health. Education-related inequality in health is hardly driven by income or wealth effects (except in the United States), and differences in health behaviours (smoking) by education level contribute little to health differences across education groups. Copyright (c) 2009 The Author. Journal compilation (c) 2009 Scottish Economic Society.

Endnote Keywords

Cross Cultural Comparison/Education/health status/ELSA_/SHARE/cross-national comparison

Endnote ID

20710

Citation Key7343