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Estimating the causal effect of income on health: evidence from post reunification East Germany

Frijters, Paul; Haisken-DeNew, John P; Shields, Michael A


In this paper we investigate if there was a causal effect of changes in current and 'permanent' income on the health of East Germans in the years following reunification. Reunification was completely unanticipated and therefore can be seen as providing some exogenous variation, which resulted in a substantial increase in average household incomes for East Germans. Our data source is the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) between 1991 and 1999, and we fit both random and fixed-effects...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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