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Saturday, May 19 • 8:00am - 9:30am
E2a-Spousal Health Shocks and Physical Activity Among Older Adults

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Hua Zan, Su Hyun Shin - Using the 2004-2014 data from Health and Retirement Study, we examined the impact of spousal health shocks (i.e., new diagnosed medical conditions and functional limitations) on older adults’ physical activity (PA). In particular, we explored whether individuals learn from their spouses’ health shocks and adjust their PA. Using fixed-effect two-stage models, we found individuals, especially males and the less educated, increased their PA levels in response to their spousal health shocks directly and indirectly (through the negative impact of spousal health shocks on their own self-reported health). This finding suggests potential beneficial effects of providing health promoting information to both spouses when one spouse develops health problems.

Winner of the Richard L. D. Morse Applied Consumer Economics Professional Paper Award

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Hua Zan

Assistant Researcher, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Saturday May 19, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am

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