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Housing assets and the socio-economic determinants of health and disability in old age

Costa-i-Font, Joan ORCID: 0000-0001-7174-7919 (2008) Housing assets and the socio-economic determinants of health and disability in old age. Health and Place, 14 (3). pp. 478-491. ISSN 1353-8292

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2007.09.005


The influence of socio-economic determinants among the elderly is a complex subject. Although they rely on pension income, the wealth that they have accumulated over their lifetime (primarily housing assets), jointly with housing-related determinants, could have a more significant effect on health production. Hence, owning a house has more potential than income for reducing health inequalities. This study makes use of a representative cross-sectional database on the Spanish population aged 55 or over. Using a continuous variable to measure health and a measure of disabilities in old age, the study explores some socio-economic determinants of health and disability and provides a breakdown of inequalities in socio-economic status and in aggregate individual health. The study's findings indicate that housing equity overrides the effect of income as a determinant of health and (absence of) disability in old age. Furthermore, housing assets account for more than 90% of socio-economic inequalities and 54% of inequalities in disability.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: Social Policy
European Institute
LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2009 15:09
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:45

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