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Ageing, Health and Socioeconomic Factors


Fri 28. 8.  16:00 - 17:30
room FA 204

Health and social stratification in an ageing society - how education and economic status influence health


Chromková Manea, Beatrice
Faculty of Social Studies, Czech Republic

Inequalities in health indicators among various groups in a population represent one of the main challenges for national public health systems. Scholars and policy makers aim to study and identify the main causes and opportunities for reducing such inequalities. In this paper we examined whether measures of social stratification are able to explain and predict self-reported health status and other indicators of health in the context of ageing society. Two main variables are used to operationalize social inequalities in health: social stratification and social class. Present paper deals with indicators of social stratification, which refer to attributes such as education and employment status. We draw on stratification theories of education to hypothesize about the role of education in creating and perpetuating differences in health status of a population. Data were obtained from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). We use data from the last wave of measurement (wave 4).