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Socioeconomic Status, Nutrition, and Health among the Elderly

Robert T. Jensen

in Perspectives on the Economics of Aging

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780226903057
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226903286 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226903286.003.0009
Socioeconomic Status, Nutrition, and Health among the Elderly

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Using data from a nationally representative household-level survey, this chapter explores the relationship between health and socioeconomic status (SES) for the elderly in Russia. First, it considers the basic relationship, which is valuable because there has been little evidence on the health-SES relationship for transition economies. Second, it presents evidence from a variety of measures of health and health risk factors, including measurements of blood pressure, weight, and height conducted by trained enumerators, as well as nutrient intake derived from twenty-four- and forty-eight-hour food intake diaries. Therefore, it need not rely exclusively on self-reports of health status, where response choices may have different interpretations for different people (as in self-reported overall health status), or where there may be problems of differential reporting by SES (for example, due to differential knowledge or awareness of health conditions).

Keywords: socioeconomic status; Russia; health; risk factors; blood pressure; nutrient intake; self-reports; elderly

Chapter.  7930 words. 

Subjects: Economics

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