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Journal Article

The effect of relationship status on health with dynamic health and persistent relationships

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Publication date

Jul 2014

Summary

The dynamic evolution of health and persistent relationship status pose econometric challenges to disentangling the causal effect of relationships on health from the selection effect of health on relationship choice. Using a new econometric strategy we find that marriage is not universally better for health. Rather, cohabitation benefits the health of men and women over 45, being never married is no worse for health, and only divorce marginally harms the health of younger men. We find strong evidence that unobservable health-related factors can confound estimates. Our method can be applied to other research questions with dynamic dependent and multivariate endogenous variables.

Published in

Journal of Health Economics

Volume and page numbers

36 , 69 -83

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2014.03.010

ISSN

16

Subjects

Family Formation And Dissolution and Health

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1646439~S5

Notes

Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to Univ. Essex registered users*

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