Female health disadvantage

Title: Female health disadvantage – how much of it can be explained by education and how much compensated by healthier lifestyles?

Supervisor: Teresa Bago d’Uva

Project Description

Around the world, in spite of living longer, women tend to report worse health than men until old age. Explanations for this gap in self-perceived health may be different in different countries. For example, it was found recently that about 30% of the gap among the elderly in China can be explained by female disadvantage in education. This factor can however not explain differences in countries where such education gaps have disappeared. For example in the US, the gap is entirely explained by gender differences in prevalence rates of chronic conditions. The goal of this project is to make a cross-country comparison of the different factors that explain the gender health gap, paying also attention to factors that have favored women, such as lower smoking rates.


Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE);

Health and Retirement Survey (HRS);

English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)

Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE)

Skills required

Application of econometric methods using Stata;

Willingness to learn different methods than those already learned in courses (MA)