Social Indicators Research

, Volume 137, Issue 1, pp 391–411 | Cite as

Comparative Examination of Self-Perceived Health and Other Measures of the Quality of Life Across the EU-27

Article

Abstract

In various fields of research self-perceived health has been defined and analysed as a significant measure of the health-related quality of life, and also as a predictor of health status. This paper examines the determinants of self-perceived health in the EU-27 area in order to find whether a common set of governmental policies could improve the self-perceived health and whether this positive effect would remain positive and significant on other measures of the quality of life as well as across the quintiles of income distribution. A number of panel regression models using the first-difference GMM estimator are applied to comparatively examine self-perceived health together with other measures of health status and quality of life, based on Eurostat data from 2003 to 2012. The empirical results of the paper could provide useful insights for the European health policy and other common actions and policies in the field of the quality of life.

Keywords

Self-perceived health Quality of life Health policy 

JEL Classification

I15 I31 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Transilvania University of BrasovBrasovRomania
  2. 2.Institute for Economic ForecastingRomanian AcademyBucharestRomania

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