Dynamics in Physical Functioning Limitations

12 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2017

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Neha Agarwal

University of California, Riverside (UCR)

Hans-Peter Kohler

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Sociology

Subha Mani

Fordham University - Fordham College at Rose Hill; Population Studies Center; Global Labor Organization (GLO)


The extent to which physical functioning limitations result in permanent job loss, lowered lifetime income and assets, in part, depends upon the extent to which onset of these limitations becomes permanent. This paper uses five rounds of data from Malawi to examine path dependence in physical functioning limitations. We do so using a dynamic linear panel data model where the coefficient on the one-period lagged health outcome captures path dependence in functional limitations. Our preferred estimates indicate – (a) partial recovery from onset of functional limitations for males, (b) there is less recovery in severe limitations than moderate limitations for males, (c) perfect recovery from both moderate and severe functional limitation for females.

Keywords: activity of daily living, functional limitation, panel data, Malawi

JEL Classification: J14, I15, I10

Suggested Citation

Agarwal, Neha and Kohler, Hans-Peter and Mani, Subha, Dynamics in Physical Functioning Limitations. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3056639 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3056639

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Subha Mani

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Global Labor Organization (GLO) ( email )


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