Does the Social Safety Net Mediate How Childhood Health Affects Older Adults’ Well-Being?

Enrica Croda, UniversitĂ  Ca' Foscari Venezia

Using data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and from the associated SHARELIFE life history project, I study the long term effect of childhood health on older adult health, employment, income and overall well-being. In particular, I investigate the extent to which childhood differences in health follow people into adulthood, and the extent to which these effects are mediated by the different social services/welfare available in each country. I provide evidence that the advantages offered by a healthier early life start follow people into old age. Childhood health has quantitatively large impacts on health status, employment, income and quality of life at older ages. The preliminary results suggest that the social safety net provided by European countries may not be effective at mediating how childhood health affects these outcomes.

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Presented in Session 67: Early Life Health and Later Life Outcomes