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Title: Mortality and immortality: The Nobel Prize as an experiment into the effect of status upon longevity
Authors: Rablen, MD
Oswald, AJ
Keywords: Status;Health;Wealth;Mortality;Whitehall
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Journal of Health Economics, 27(6), 1462 - 1471, 2008
Abstract: 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.
Description: This is the post-print version of the final paper published in Journal of Health Economics. The published article is available from the link below. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. Copyright @ 2008 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN: 0167-6296
Appears in Collections:Economics and Finance
Dept of Economics and Finance Research Papers

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