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Long-run Health Trends in Europe

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Long-run health trends are worsening for middle-aged baby-boomers in the US. In contrast to this alarming development, Abeliansky and Strulik (2019, A&S), in one of the few studies of long-term health developments in Europe, find improving health trends in Europe across a broad range of cohorts. We conducted a cohort analysis of health deficits similar to A&S but focused on middle-aged individuals. We find that the positive health trend has all but stalled for the more recent birth cohorts in Europe. Our results are robust to a large range of different definitions of the health index. We argue that the difference between A&S and our results is due to longitudinal sample selectivity bias. Our findings have implications for future public and private costs of health care, and they are relevant for the ongoing discussion on how to achieve longer healthy working lives.

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Boersch-Supan

Axel Börsch-Supan

201901-Irene-Ferrari-2

Irene Ferrari

csm_202003_Luca_Salerno_400x500_51ce4e0057

Luca Salerno

2021
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeoa.2020.100303
18
Journal of the Economics of Ageing