The Role of Decision Making Processes in the Correlation between Wealth and Health

Presentation by Katherine Carman (Tilburg University) about the long term consequences of financial investments and health investments.

March 29, 2011
CPB, Van Stolkweg 14, The Hague

Time: 2011, Tuesday March 29, 13.00-14.00 hours
Location: CPB-office, Van Stolkweg 14, The Hague

Presentation: Katherine Carman (Tilburg University)

Discussant: Esther Mot (CPB)

Language: English

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Abstract subject: There are many pathways explaining the relationship between socioeconomic status and health; one possibility is that some normally unobservable characteristic causes people to invest both in their financial well-being and their health. Here we consider the possibility that the decision making processes are similar across domains and that the steps individuals take to make decisions can help to explain the correlation in outcomes across domains. We focus particularly on retirement savings decisions and decisions in the health domain. Choices in both domains have long-term consequences and therefore require foresight and the ability to process complex information. Our results suggest that up to 44% of the correlation between wealth and health is due to the processes that people use to make these choices.

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