Health Measures and Health Inequality over The Life Course

Content and goals

The cumulative (dis)advantage hypothesis predicts educational differences in health to increase with age. All previous tests of this hypothesis were based on self-reported health measures. Recent research has suggested that self-reported health measures may not adequately capture differences in key analytical constructs, including education, age, cohort, gender, and country context. This raises doubts about the robustness of previous findings on educational differences in physical health trajectories, as measured by respondents’ self-assessments. The overarching goal of this project is to address this issue by exploring the role of self-reported and objective health measures in research on health inequality over the life course. To reach this goal, the project will proceed in three steps.


There will be a DFG-funded research project on health inequality called "Gesundheitliche Ungleichheit im Lebens- und Kohortenverlauf in Deutschland". The projects starts in 2014 and lasts two years. It deals with health inequality over the life course and across cohorts in Germany.

There will be a subsequent DFG-funded research project on Health Measures and Health Inequality over The Life Course. The Project starts in 2019 and lasts five years.



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