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Stress as a pathway in the SES-health relationship: Evidence from the Canadian Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics

TitleStress as a pathway in the SES-health relationship: Evidence from the Canadian Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsGoshev, S., Veall M., and Yang W.
JournalSocial and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population (SEDAP) Research Papers
Abstract

This paper investigates whether self-reported general stress is a mediator in the relationship between socio-economic status (SES) and health. We use a six-year long panel of the Canadian Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics and employ dynamic econometric modelling techniques to study men and women who are major income earners in their families. We find little evidence that general stress is a pathway from SES to health. While the results suggest a strong negative association between stress and health for both men and women, they provide little support to the hypothesis of a significant effect of income on stress that is consistent with the direction of the SES-health gradient.

Document URLhttp://artsandscience.usask.ca/economics/research/pdf/goshevjan21.pdf