ERIC Number: EJ717429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan-1
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Estimating the Effect of Income on Health and Mortality Using Lottery Prizes as an Exogenous Source of Income
Journal of Human Resources, v40 n1 p144 Win 2005
A new approach is presented to analyze if there is a causal effect or relationship between income and measures of good health and life expectancy. One of the findings is that winning monetary lotteries could improve general health by 3 percent and decreased probability of death within five years by 2-3 percentage points. Higher income by 10 percent on an average actually improved health by about 4-5 percent of a standard deviation. It also generates fewer symptoms of poor mental health and decreases chances of the person being overweight.
Descriptors: Probability, Income, Poverty, Health, Death, Obesity, Mental Health, Correlation, Quality of Life
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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