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Type Working Paper - Journal of the Economics of Ageing, Forthcoming
Title Comparing the Relationship Between Stature and Later Life Health in Six Low and Middle Income Countries
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
URL http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/mcgovern/files/mcgovern_stature_lmc_0_0.pdf
Abstract
This paper examines the relationship between stature and later life health in 6 emerging economies, each of which are expected to experience significant increases in the mean age of their populations over the coming decades. Using data from the WHO Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE) and pilot data from the Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI), I show that various measures of health are associated with height, a commonly used proxy for childhood environment. In the pooled sample, a 10cm increase in height is associated with between a 2 and 3 percentage point increase in the probability of being in very good or good self-reported health, a 3 percentage point increase in the probability of reporting no difficulties with activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily living, and between a fifth and a quarter of a standard deviation increase in grip strength and lung function. Adopting a methodology previously used in the research on inequality, I also summarise the height-grip strength gradient for each country using the concentration index, and provide a decomposition analysis.

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McGovern E, Mark. "Comparing the Relationship Between Stature and Later Life Health in Six Low and Middle Income Countries." Journal of the Economics of Ageing, Forthcoming (2014).
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