TITLE

Friends with Health Benefits: Does Individual-level Social Capital Improve Health?

AUTHOR(S)
Averett, Susan L; Argys, Laura M; Kohn, Jennifer C
PUB. DATE
March 2014
SOURCE
Eastern Economic Journal;Spring2014, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p181
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We contribute to the growing literature exploring the effect of social capital (SC) on health in several ways. First, we compare three different measures of SC and find remarkable consistency in their effects on health. Second, we use a long panel and account for the time persistence of individual health. In addition, we create a continuous index of individual health and finally, we use dynamic panel data methods to control for the endogeneity of SC in a health model without the need for external instruments or exclusion restrictions. Our results confirm the strong association between SC and health and the importance of controlling for both heterogeneity and lagged health to avoid overstating the effect of SC on health.
ACCESSION #
94741363

 

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