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The role of marriage in the causal pathway from economic conditions early in life to mortality
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Health Economics, ISSN 0167-6296, E-ISSN 1879-1646, Vol. 40, 141-158 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper analyzes the interplay between early-life conditions and marital status, as determinants of adult mortality. We use individual data from Dutch registers (years 1815-2000), combined with business cycle conditions in childhood as indicators of early-life conditions. The empirical analysis estimates bivariate duration models of marriage and mortality, allowing for unobserved heterogeneity. Results show that conditions around birth and school going ages are important for marriage and mortality. Men typically enjoy a protective effect of marriage, whereas women suffer during childbearing ages. However, having been born under favorable economic conditions reduces female mortality during childbearing ages.

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2015. Vol. 40, 141-158 p.
Keyword [en]
Death, Recession, Life expectancy, Lifetimes, Marital status
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-252245DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2014.02.004ISI: 000352327200012PubMedID: 25804346OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-252245DiVA: diva2:809859
Available from: 2015-05-05 Created: 2015-05-04 Last updated: 2015-05-05Bibliographically approved

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