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Socioeconomic Status and Age: The Effect of Income Sources and Portfolios on U.S. Adult Mortality

Citation

Krueger, Patrick M.; Rogers, Richard G.; Hummer, Robert A.; LeClere, Felicia B.; & Bond Huie, Stephanie A. (2003). Socioeconomic Status and Age: The Effect of Income Sources and Portfolios on U.S. Adult Mortality. Sociological Forum, 18(3), 465-82.

Abstract

Despite the persistent inverse relationship between family income and mortality, no one has examined the effect of distinct income sources or income portfolios on mortality risk. We link the National Health Interview Survey to the Multiple Cause of Death file and use hazard models to examine income-related mortality across four age groups. Income from jobs, self-employment, interest, and dividends each predicts lower mortality at the younger, middle, and early old ages. Diverse income portfolios buffer against mortality risk at all ages, net of the amount of income received. These findings illuminate the various dimensions of income that shape U.S. mortality risks.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1025721719973

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Sociological Forum

Author(s)

Krueger, Patrick M.
Rogers, Richard G.
Hummer, Robert A.
LeClere, Felicia B.
Bond Huie, Stephanie A.

Year Published

2003

Volume Number

18

Issue Number

3

Pages

465-82

Reference ID

8434