Social capital and self-rated health in the Republic of Ireland : evidence from the European Social Survey

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Title: Social capital and self-rated health in the Republic of Ireland : evidence from the European Social Survey
Authors: Delaney, Liam
Wall, Patrick G.
O'hAodha, Fearghal
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/574
Date: Sep-2007
Abstract: This paper analyses the determinants of self-reported health in Ireland, conditioning self-reported health on a set of socio-economic, labour market and social capital variables. Ireland has the highest self-reported health rate in Europe, a finding backed-up by other studies. Data were derived from the 2002 and 2005 European Social survey. The full 87,915 observations from both rounds were pooled and used to estimate mean self-rated health across Europe. The Irish data were isolated, totalling 2,049 individuals for 2002 and 2,286 individuals for 2005. The 2002 data were used to analyse the determinants of subjective health state, as it had a richer array of social capital variables. The results demonstrate statistically significant effects of income on self-reported health that are robust to different statistical specifications and statistically significant though modest effects of social capital variables such as associational membership and frequency of social meeting and labour market variables such as being on a limited as opposed to permanent contract.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Irish Medical Association
Copyright (published version): Copyright 2007 Irish Medical Journal
Subject LCSH: Health behavior--Ireland
Labor market--Health aspects
Social status--Health aspects
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Research Collection
Economics Research Collection

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