Immigrant health around the world: Evidence from the World Values Survey

Noymer, A. & Lee, R. (2013). Immigrant health around the world: Evidence from the World Values Survey. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 15 (3) 614-623. 10.1007/s10903-012-9637-z.

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We describe the relationship between immigrant status and self-rated health around the world, both in raw descriptive statistics and in models controlling for individual characteristics. Using the World Values Survey (1981-2005), we analyze data from 32 different countries worldwide. We estimate four regression models per country. The basic model tests mean differences in self-rated health. Additional models add demographic and social class controls. Introduction of control variables (most particularly, age) changes the results dramatically. In the final model, net of controls, only two countries show poorer immigrant health and three countries show better immigrant health. The multivariate regression models net of controls show few differences in health status between immigrants and the native born. The age structure of immigrant populations is an important mediator of differences in health status compared to the native-born population.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-rated health; Immigrant status; International comparison; Regression modeling
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health; 15(3):614-623 (1 June 2013) (Published online 19 May 2012)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:48
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:39

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