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Analyses in the Economics of Aging$
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David A. Wise

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226902869

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226903217.001.0001

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Broken Down by Work and Sex

Broken Down by Work and Sex

How Our Health Declines

(p.185) 6 Broken Down by Work and Sex
Analyses in the Economics of Aging
Anne Case, Angus Deaton
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the role of work, particularly manual work, in health decline with age in the U.S. using self-reported health status (SRHS) data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The findings suggests that work, especially low-paid or manual work, exacts a price in terms of health, as may the consumption patterns of poorer people, in terms of tobacco use, obesity, and lack of exercise. The results also indicates that both income and education have independent protective effects on health for those who are in work and these effects are reduced but not eliminated by controlling for occupation.

Keywords:   manual work, health decline, U.S., SRHS, NHIS, tobacco use, obesity, lack of exercise, income

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