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International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 58, Issue 1, pp 13–22

First Online: 25 September 2012Received: 27 July 2011Revised: 07 June 2012Accepted: 06 September 2012DOI: 10.1007-s00038-012-0411-8

Cite this article as: Mortelmans, D. & Vannieuwenhuyze, J.T.A. Int J Public Health 2013 58: 13. doi:10.1007-s00038-012-0411-8

Abstract

ObjectivesSocial scientists and economists doubt the usefulness of self-reported health status as an indicator of overall health status. Self-reported health acts as a justification for retirement when this decision is in reality driven by other reasons. In this study, we looked at income, job satisfaction, and job status.

MethodsWe introduce a survival model Cox model that simultaneously includes both health and job characteristics as independent variables. We also take the age-dependent character of these effects into account.

ResultsAn analysis of the European Community Household Panel data did not validate the justification bias with respect to these variables. The addition of job characteristics had no influence on the effect estimates of self-reported health.

ConclusionsWe found significant effects for self-reported health as well as for objective health measures. The addition of job characteristics did not contribute to the explanation of the effect of self-reported health falsifying the justification bias hypothesis.

KeywordsSurvival analysis Measurement bias Health Retirement ECHP This article is part of the special issue -Life course influences on health and health inequalities: moving towards a Public Health perspective-.

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Author: Dimitri Mortelmans - Jorre T. A. Vannieuwenhuyze

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