How We Fall Apart: Similarities of Human Aging in 10 European Countries

CEGE Paper No. 301

33 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2017

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Ana Abeliansky

University of Goettingen (Göttingen)

Holger Strulik

University of Goettingen (Göttingen) - School of Law, Economics, Social Sciences

Date Written: January 30, 2017

Abstract

We analyze human aging, understood as health deficit accumulation, for a panel of European individuals. For that purpose, we use four waves of the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE dataset) and construct a health deficit index. Results from log-linear regressions suggest that, on average, elderly European men and women develop about 2.5 percent more health deficits from one birthday to the next. In non-linear regression (akin to the Gompertz-Makeham model), however, we find much greater rates of aging and large differences between men and women as well as between countries. Interestingly, these differences follow a particular regularity (akin to the compensation effect of mortality). They suggest an age at which average health deficits converge for men and women and across countries.

Keywords: Health, Aging, Health Deficit Index, Europe, Gender Differences, Compensation Law, Human Life Span

JEL Classification: I10, I19

Suggested Citation

Abeliansky, Ana and Strulik, Holger, How We Fall Apart: Similarities of Human Aging in 10 European Countries (January 30, 2017). CEGE Paper No. 301, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2908330 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2908330

Ana Abeliansky (Contact Author)

University of Goettingen (Göttingen) ( email )

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Gottingen, D-37073
Germany

Holger Strulik

University of Goettingen (Göttingen) - School of Law, Economics, Social Sciences ( email )

Germany

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