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Research Findings in the Economics of Aging$
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David A. Wise

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226903064

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226903088.001.0001

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Income, Aging, Health, and Weil-being Around the World: Evidence from the Gallup World Poll

Income, Aging, Health, and Weil-being Around the World: Evidence from the Gallup World Poll

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(p.235) 9 Income, Aging, Health, and Weil-being Around the World: Evidence from the Gallup World Poll
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Research Findings in the Economics of Aging
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Angus Deaton

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226903088.003.0010

This chapter looks at the effects of income and age on self-reported well-being in more than a hundred countries. It addresses in particular self-reports of life satisfaction, health, and disability, how these measures change with age, and how the effects of age differ across countries according to their level of development and their region of the world. The analysis is based on the Gallup World Poll, which collected data from samples of people in each of 132 countries during 2006. With few exceptions, the samples are nationally representative of people aged fifteen and older. Because the survey used the same questionnaire in all countries, it provides an opportunity to make cross-country comparisons while, at the same time, providing enough data to permit within-country disaggregation; for example, by age, gender, ethnicity, or education.

Keywords:   health, age, gender, ethnicity, education

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