Income-related inequalities in health: Some international comparisons

van Doorslaer, E. and Wagstaff, A. and Bleichrodt, H. and Calonge, S. and Gerdtham, U.G. and Gerfin, M. and Geurts, J. and Gross, L. and Hakkinen, U. and Leu, R.E. and O'Donnell, O. and Propper, C. and Puffer, F. and Rodriguez, M. and Sundberg, G. and Winkelhake, O. (1997) Income-related inequalities in health: Some international comparisons. Journal of Health Economics, 16 (1). pp. 93-112. ISSN 0167-6296. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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This paper presents evidence on income-related inequalities in self-assessed health in nine industrialized countries. Health interview survey data were used to construct concentration curves of self-assessed health, measured as a latent variable. Inequalities in health favoured the higher income groups and were statistically significant in all countries. Inequalities were particularly high in the United States and the United Kingdom. Amongst other European countries, Sweden, Finland and the former East Germany had the lowest inequality. Across countries, a strong association was found between inequalities in health and inequalities in income.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: T.J. Sango
Date Deposited: 05 May 2009 08:58
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