Wealth and Mental-Health: Analysis of the Older Population in Germany and Israel
Social scientists uniformly agree that health is positively associated with economic well-being. That is, people of higher socio-economic standing tend to be healthier and to live longer than persons of low socio-economic status (e.g. Kawachi et al. 1997; Kennedy et al. 1996; Wilkinson and Pickett 2008; Semyonov, Lewin-Epstein and Maskileyson 2013). Two explanations are proposed for understanding the causal relations between economic standing and health.
KeywordsMental Health Poor Mental Health Purchase Power Parity Household Wealth Total Household Income
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