Does retirement trigger ill health?

TitleDoes retirement trigger ill health?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBehncke, S
JournalHealth Econ
Date Published2012 Mar
ISSN Number1099-1050
KeywordsActivities of Daily Living, Cardiovascular Diseases, Chronic disease, England, Health Status, Humans, Longitudinal Studies, Models, Econometric, Neoplasms, Quality of Life, Retirement, Risk Factors

This paper investigates the effects of retirement on various health outcomes. Data stem from the first three waves of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). With these informative data, non-parametric matching and instrumental variable (IV) methods are applied to identify causal effects. It is found that retirement significantly increases the risk of being diagnosed with a chronic condition. In particular, it raises the risk of a severe cardiovascular disease and cancer. This is also reflected in increased risk factors (e.g. BMI, cholesterol, blood pressure) and increased problems in physical activities. Furthermore, retirement worsens self-assessed health and an underlying health stock.

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retirement/health/Cross-national/matching methods/instrumental variable/ELSA_

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Alternate JournalHealth Econ
Citation Key7755
PubMed ID21322085