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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: Interrelated dynamics of health and poverty in Australia
Authors: Buddelmeyer, H 
Cai, L 
Publication Date: Jul-2009
Keywords: socio-economic status
panel data
recursive models
Abstract: Using the Households, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, this study examines the joint dynamics of health and poverty of Australian families. Taking advantage of panel data, the modelling approach used in this study allows a better estimation of the causal relation between health and poverty. The results indicate that the causality runs both ways and the relationship could be confounded by unobserved heterogeneity. In particular, it is found that families headed by a person in ill-health are more likely to be in poverty compared with families headed by a person with good health. On the other hand, a family head whose family is in poverty in the current year is more likely to be in ill-health in the next year compared with a family head whose family is not in poverty. In addition, there is evidence that health and poverty are affected by correlated unobservables, causing health to be endogenous to poverty even in the absence of a reserve effect. Consequently, treating health as exogenous in a poverty equation would produce a biased estimate for its effect.
Conference: HILDA Survey Research Conference 2009
Conference location: Melbourne
Keywords: Finance -- Poverty and disadvantage; Finance
Research collection: Books
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