The Hispanic health paradox for older Americans: an empirical note
Previous researchers have found that Hispanic immigrants tend to have better health than could be reasonably explained by their socioeconomic status and other demographic variables. The main objective of this study is to re-investigate the Hispanic health paradox covering the period from 1992 to 2012. Main contributions of the paper include using a data set of older Americans from the Health and Retirement Study. More importantly, we use two new measures of health. Previous research on the paradox had primarily used mortality or morbidity to measure health. In contrast, the HRS includes a measure of self-reported poor health from which we construct a latent health variable. Using both poor health and latent health we find that even among our sample of older Americans that Hispanic Immigrants remain more healthy than could be explained by their socioeconomic status and their other health inputs.
Health production function, Hispanic health paradox, I10, J10, J14, Latent health
Olsen, Reed, Subhasree Basu Roy, and Hui-Kuan Tseng. "The Hispanic health paradox for older Americans: an empirical note." International journal of health economics and management 19, no. 1 (2019): 33-51.
International Journal of Health Economics and Management