Mortality and immortality : the Nobel Prize as an experiment into the effect of status upon longevity
Rablen, Matthew D. and Oswald, Andrew J. . (2008) Mortality and immortality : the Nobel Prize as an experiment into the effect of status upon longevity. Journal of Health Economics , Vol.27 (No.6). pp. 1462-1471. ISSN 0167-6296
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It has been known for centuries that the rich and famous have longer lives than the poor and ordinary. Causality, however, remains trenchantly debated. The ideal experiment would be one in which extra status could somehow be dropped upon a sub-sample of individuals while those in a control group of comparable individuals received none. This paper attempts to formulate a test in that spirit. It collects 19th-century birth data on science Nobel Prize winners. Correcting for potential biases, we estimate that winning the Prize, compared to merely being nominated, is associated with between 1 and 2 years of extra longevity.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Social status -- Health aspects, Mortality, Nobel Prize winners|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Health Economics|
|Date:||12 June 2008|
|Page Range:||pp. 1462-1471|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC)|
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