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Shu-Hsi Ho and Wen-Shai Hung
''A comparative assessment of mortality among the widowers and widows in Taiwan''
( 2010, Vol. 30 No.3 )
This paper explores the impact of spousal death on estimated mortality between the widowers and widows among the middle aged and elderly in Taiwan. Subject data is obtained from the Survey of Health and Living Status of the Middle Aged and Elderly in Taiwan, a study conducted in 1996 that encompassed observations 50 years of age and older. Survey data was linked to 1996-2003 national death registry data. Cox proportional hazard model is used to determine the survival rates between the widowers and widows. Main empirical results confirm that the relatively higher mortality hazard associated with being widowhood groups regardless of widowers and widows. Nevertheless, widows face a higher mortality risk than widowers for who compared to their counterparts. In addition, the influences of family and social networks on mortality risk tend to be more important than health status.
JEL: I1 - Health: General
Manuscript Received : Jul 04 2010 Manuscript Accepted : Aug 16 2010

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