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Working Papers in Applied Economic Theory
Optimal indicators of socioeconomic status for health research
Mary C. Daly
Peggy McDonough
Greg J. Duncan
David Williams
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Objectives: This paper examines the relationship between various measures of SES and mortality for a representative sample of individuals. ; Methods: Data are from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Sample includes 3,734 individuals aged 45 and above who participated in the 1984 interview. Mortality was tracked between 1984 and 1994 and is related to SES indicators using Cox event-history regression models. ; Results: Wealth has the strongest associations with subsequent mortality, and these associations differ little by age and sex. Other economic measures, especially family-size-adjusted household income, have significant associations with mortality, particularly for nonelderly women. ; Conclusions: By and large, the economic components of SES have associations with mortality that are at least as strong as, and often stronger than, more conventional components (e.g., completed schooling, occupation).


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Mary C. Daly & Peggy McDonough & Greg J. Duncan & David Williams, Optimal indicators of socioeconomic status for health research, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Working Papers in Applied Economic Theory 99-03, 1999.
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