Titelaufnahme

Titel
Health inequality among Chinese older adults: the role of childhood circumstances / Binjian Yan (Nanjing Agricultural University), Xi Chen (Yale University and IZA), Thomas M. Gill (Yale University) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserYan, Binjian ; Chen, Xi ; Gill, Thomas M.
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, December 2019
Ausgabe
Elektronische Ressource
Umfang1 Online-Ressource (37 Seiten) : Diagramme
SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12873
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-209672 
Zugriffsbeschränkung
 Das Dokument ist öffentlich zugänglich im Rahmen des deutschen Urheberrechts.
Volltexte
Health inequality among Chinese older adults: the role of childhood circumstances [0.44 mb]
Links
Nachweis
Verfügbarkeit In meiner Bibliothek
Zusammenfassung

This paper examines the extent to which childhood circumstances contribute to health inequality in old age and how the contributions may vary across key dimensions of health. We link the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) in 2013 and 2015 with its Life History Survey in 2014 to quantify health inequality due to childhood circumstances for which they have little control. We evaluate comprehensive dimensions of health ranging from cognitive health, mental health, physical health, self-rated health to mortality. Our analytic sample includes about 8,000 Chinese persons age above 60. Using the Shapley value decomposition approach, we first show that childhood circumstances may explain 1-23 percent of health inequality in old age across multiple health outcomes. Second, while both direct health-related circumstances and indirect health-related circumstances contribute significantly to health inequality, the latter tends to be more sizable. Our findings support the value of a life course approach in identifying the key determinants of health in old age.