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Conference Paper Economics of Population Health: Inaugural Conference of the American Society of Health Economists, Madison, Wis., USA, 4 Jun. 2006

In sickness and in health? Analysis of the dynamics of health and cohabitation among British adults (work in progress)


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The purpose of this paper is to estimate the relationship between health and cohabitation status among British adults. It is well established that the two are correlated, and some extensions of Grossman’s (1971) model (Bolin et al, 2001) can give us hints as to what this relationship could look like, but as yet there are very few econometric studies that analyse the two jointly. In this paper, we use limited dependent variable models to estimate the determinants of health and cohabitation together. By using simulation techniques and applying them to data from the British Household Panel Survey, we are able to distinguish between effects such as confounding factors, spurious relationships, reverse causality, state dependence and the ‘true’ causal effect. Our results will have important implications for policy and theory alike.


Econometrics, Family Formation And Dissolution, and Health


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