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2005-10-12Buch DOI: 10.18452/3511
Self-rated and changes in self-rated health as predictors of mortality
dc.contributor.authorSchwarze, Johannes
dc.contributor.authorAndersen, Hanfried H.
dc.contributor.authorAnger, Silke
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-15T21:13:52Z
dc.date.available2017-06-15T21:13:52Z
dc.date.created2005-10-12
dc.date.issued2005-10-12
dc.identifier.issn1436-1086
dc.identifier.urihttp://edoc.hu-berlin.de/18452/4163
dc.description.abstractBackground: Studies from several countries have shown that self-rated health is an independent predictor of mortality. However, no empirical evidence exists for Germany so far. We investigate the effectiveness of (i) self-ratings of health by individuals and (ii) changes in self-rated health, as predictors of mortality for Germany. Methods: A sub-sample of 3,096 respondents, aged 50 years and over, is drawn from the annual collections of data of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (GSOEP), between 1994 and 1996. Several probit models are estimated in order to analyse the impact of selfrated health and of changes in self-rated health on predictions of mortality. Results: We find that, while currently self-rated health is shown to be a valid predictor of mortality in Germany, adding previously self-rated health has no effect on explaining the probability of death. Furthermore, one-year changes in self-rated health do not have an additional impact on predicting mortality. Conclusion: Our results for Germany confirm international evidence. In addition, the assumption that self-rated health reflects trajectories and not only the current level of health can be neglected. This leads us to the conclusion that self-rated health reflects a static rather than a dynamic perspective of health. Therefore, when evaluating a population’s state of health, it may be sufficient to rely on self-assessments of health at one point of time instead of using panel data.eng
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
dc.subjectMortalityeng
dc.subjectSelf-Rated Healtheng
dc.subjectTrajectory Hypothesiseng
dc.subject.ddc330 Wirtschaft
dc.titleSelf-rated and changes in self-rated health as predictors of mortality
dc.typebook
dc.subtitlefirst evidence from german panel data
dc.identifier.urnurn:nbn:de:kobv:11-10049275
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18452/3511
local.edoc.container-titleSonderforschungsbereich 373: Quantification and Simulation of Economic Processes
local.edoc.pages22
local.edoc.type-nameBuch
local.edoc.container-typeseries
local.edoc.container-type-nameSchriftenreihe
local.edoc.container-volume2002
local.edoc.container-issue64
local.edoc.container-year2002
local.edoc.container-erstkatid2135319-0

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