Table 1: Description of the variables.

Endogenous variables
SmokerTobacco consumption yes/no
AlcoholDrinks alcohol regularly yes/no
ObesityOverweight in terms of age-adjusted BMI yes/no
HealthSelf-assessed health above-average

Predisposing variables
Age 17–29Respondent 17 to 29 years old yes/no (reference group)
Age 30–44Respondent 30 to 44 years old yes/no
Age 45–59Respondent 45 to 59 years old yes/no
Age 60–74Respondent 60 to 74 years old yes/no
Age >74Respondent older than 74 years yes/no
PartnershipLiving together with a partner yes/no
ChildrenAt least one child younger than 16 years in household yes/no
Eastern GermanyLiving in Eastern Germany yes/no
TurkeyNationality Turkish yes/no
Rest of WorldOther nationality not German yes/no

Socioeconomic variables
Rel. povertyLess than 50% of the mean of equivalent household net income (< € 797.50)
Tenous prosperity50–75% of the mean of equivalent household net income (€ 797.50−€ 1,196.25)
Middle income position75–125% of the mean of equivalent household net income (reference group; € 1,196.25−€ 1,993.75)
Higher income125–150% of the mean of equivalent household net income(€ 1,993.75−€ 2,938.50)
Rel. prosperityMore than 150% of the mean of equivalent household net income (> € 2,938.50)
Economic worriesStrong worries about own economic situation yes/no
RetiredRetired yes/no
UnemployedLong-term unemployment in 2005 and unemployed at the time the survey was conducted in 2006 yes/no
Working h. 1–211–21 hours effectively worked per week yes/no
Working h. 22–4222–42 hours effectively worked per week yes/no
Working h. >42More than 42 hours effectively worked per week yes/no
Secondary schoolSecondary school degree or no completed education (reference group)
O-levelFirst public examination in secondary school yes/no
High schoolGeneral qualification for university entrance yes/no
UniversityUniversity degree yes/no
EducationCurrently in some sort of education yes/no
Private health ins.Fully private insured yes/no
Supplemental ins.Private supplemental health insurance yes/no
Risk averseRespondent is risk averse yes/no
Risk takerRespondent is risk taker yes/no
RenovationHouse is at least partly in need of renovation yes/no
Mother O-levelMother at least O-Level education yes/no
Father O-levelFather at least O-Level education yes/no