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Association between cultural distance and migrant self-rated health

Jens Detollenaere (UGent) , Stijn Baert (UGent) and Sara Willems (UGent)
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We study whether migrants' health in Europe is associated with the cultural distance between their host country and country of origin. To this end, we run multilevel regression models on data merging (i) self-rated health and social background of more than 3,800 migrants from the European Social Survey with (ii) an index of cultural distance based on country differences in values, norms and attitudes measured in the World Values Survey. We find that higher levels of cultural distance are associated with worse health of migrants. This association is comparable in size to the negative association between health and female gender (compared to male gender) but less important than the association between health and education level. In addition, this association is less significant among second-generation migrants than among first-generation migrants.
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Europe, Culture, Health, Migrants

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Detollenaere, Jens, Stijn Baert, and Sara Willems. 2018. “Association Between Cultural Distance and Migrant Self-rated Health.” European Journal of Health Economics 19 (2): 257–266.
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Detollenaere, J., Baert, S., & Willems, S. (2018). Association between cultural distance and migrant self-rated health. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS, 19(2), 257–266.
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Detollenaere J, Baert S, Willems S. Association between cultural distance and migrant self-rated health. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS. 2018;19(2):257–66.
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Detollenaere, Jens, Stijn Baert, and Sara Willems. “Association Between Cultural Distance and Migrant Self-rated Health.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS 19.2 (2018): 257–266. Print.
@article{8513820,
  abstract     = {We study whether migrants' health in Europe is associated with the cultural distance between their host country and country of origin. To this end, we run multilevel regression models on data merging (i) self-rated health and social background of more than 3,800 migrants from the European Social Survey with (ii) an index of cultural distance based on country differences in values, norms and attitudes measured in the World Values Survey. We find that higher levels of cultural distance are associated with worse health of migrants. This association is comparable in size to the negative association between health and female gender (compared to male gender) but less important than the association between health and education level. In addition, this association is less significant among second-generation migrants than among first-generation migrants.},
  author       = {Detollenaere, Jens and Baert, Stijn and Willems, Sara},
  issn         = {1618-7598},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS},
  keyword      = {Europe,Culture,Health,Migrants},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {257--266},
  title        = {Association between cultural distance and migrant self-rated health},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10198-017-0881-y},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2018},
}

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