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Elaine J. Kelly

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September 2013Spousal Health Effects - the Role of Selection
with James Banks, James P. Smith: w19438
In this paper, we investigate the issue of partner selection in the health of individuals who are at least fifty years old in England and the United States. We find a strong and positive association in family background variables including education of partners and their parents. Adult health behaviors such as smoking, drinking, and exercise are more positively associated in England compared to the United States. Childhood health indicators are also positively associated across partners. We also investigated pre and post partnership smoking behavior of couples. There exists strong positive assortative mating in smoking in that smokers are much more likely to partner with smokers and non-smokers with non-smokers. This relationship is far stronger in England compared to the United State...

Published: Spousal Health Effects: The Role of Selection, James Banks, Elaine Kelly, James P. Smith. in Discoveries in the Economics of Aging, Wise. 2014

June 2013Spousal Health Effects: The Role of Selection
with James Banks, James P. Smith
in Discoveries in the Economics of Aging, David A. Wise, editor
In this chapter, we investigate the issue of partner selection in the health of individuals who are at least fifty years old in England and the United States. We find a strong and positive association in family background variables including education of partners and their parents. Adult health behaviors such as smoking, drinking, and exercise are more positively associated in England compared to the United States. Childhood health indicators are also positively associated across partners. We also investigated pre and post partnership smoking behavior of couples. There exists strong positive assortative mating in smoking in that smokers are much more likely to partner with smokers and non-smokers with non-smokers. This relationship is far stronger in England compared to the United States. ...
Comment on "Early Retirement, Mental Health, and Social Networks"
in Discoveries in the Economics of Aging, David A. Wise, editor
 
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