Income-related inequalities in health: Some international comparisons

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Abstract

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.

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Authors
  • Eddy Van Doorslaer
  • Adam Wagstaff
  • Han Bleichrodt
  • Samuel Calonge
  • Ulf G. Gerdtham
  • Michael Gerfin
  • José Geurts
  • Lorna Gross
  • Unto Häkkinen
  • Robert E. Leu
  • Owen O'Donnell
  • Carol Propper
  • Frank Puffer
  • Marisol Rodríguez
  • Gun Sundberg
  • Olaf Winkelhake
External organisations
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Barcelona
  • Stockholm School of Economics
  • University of Bern
  • Statistics Netherlands
  • Worcester State College
  • National Institute for Health and Welfare
  • University of Kent
  • University of Bristol
  • Clark University
  • Uppsala University
  • Helmholtz Zentrum München
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economics
  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology

Keywords

  • Health inequality, International comparisons
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-112
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Feb 1
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Externally publishedYes