Socioeconomic and Gender Differences in Health Status and Living Arrangements of the Elderly in India

Anoshua Chaudhuri, San Francisco State University
Kakoli Roy, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The 52nd round of National Sample Survey data from India that focused on the aged has been used to explore socio-economic and gender differences in the health status and living arrangements of both urban and rural elderly in India. Preliminary findings suggest that socio-economic status is an important determinant of living arrangements for the elderly men regardless of their health status while health status is an important determinant of elderly women’s living arrangements. The study plans to use an instrumental variable estimation approach to correct for the potential simultaneity bias in health status and living arrangements.

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Presented in Poster Session 5: Health, Mortality, Aging, Biology