Health and Labor Force Participation of the Elderly in Europe: What do Objective Health Measures Add to the Analysis?

A.S. Kalwij, F.M.P. Vermeulen

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In this paper, we study labour force participation behaviour of individuals aged 50-64 in 11 European countries.The data are drawn from the new Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE).We examine the value added of objective health variables in relation to potentially endogenous self-reported health.We approach the endogeneity of self-reported health as an omitted variables problem.In line with the literature on the reliability of self-reported health, ambiguous results are obtained.In some countries, self-reported health does a fairly good job: controlling for extra health related variables does not seem to add much to the analysis.In other countries, however, self-reported health is clearly endogenous with results that are in line with the justi.cation hypothesis.They illustrate the multidimensional nature of health and the need to control for objective health variables when analyzing labour force participation behaviour.This makes an instrumental variables approach to deal with endogenous self-reported health less appropriate.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherEconometrics
Number of pages23
Volume2006-87
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2006-87

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Labor force participation
Self-reported health
Health
Endogeneity
Retirement
Omitted variables
European countries
Instrumental variables
Value added

Keywords

  • SHARE
  • labour force participation
  • self-reported health
  • objective health
  • retirement

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Kalwij, A. S., & Vermeulen, F. M. P. (2006). Health and Labor Force Participation of the Elderly in Europe: What do Objective Health Measures Add to the Analysis? (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2006-87). Tilburg: Econometrics.
Kalwij, A.S. ; Vermeulen, F.M.P. / Health and Labor Force Participation of the Elderly in Europe : What do Objective Health Measures Add to the Analysis?. Tilburg : Econometrics, 2006. (CentER Discussion Paper).
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Kalwij, AS & Vermeulen, FMP 2006 'Health and Labor Force Participation of the Elderly in Europe: What do Objective Health Measures Add to the Analysis?' CentER Discussion Paper, vol. 2006-87, Econometrics, Tilburg.

Health and Labor Force Participation of the Elderly in Europe : What do Objective Health Measures Add to the Analysis? / Kalwij, A.S.; Vermeulen, F.M.P.

Tilburg : Econometrics, 2006. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2006-87).

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