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Research Paper Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics 214

Longitudinal analysis of income-related health inequality

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Publication date

01 Aug 2008

Abstract

This paper considers the characterisation and measurement of income-related health inequality using longitudinal data. The paper elucidates the nature of the Jones and Lopez Nicholas (2004) index of “health-related income mobility” and explains the negative values of the index that have been reported in all the empirical applications to date. The paper further questions the value of their index to health policymakers and proposes an alternative index of “income-related health mobility” that measures whether the pattern of health changes is biased in favour of those with initially high or low incomes. We illustrate our work by investigating mobility in the General Health Questionnaire measure of psychological well-being over the first nine waves of the British Household Panel Survey from 1991 to 1999.

Subjects

Income Dynamics, Health, and Social Policy

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http://econpapers.repec.org/paper/dundpaper/

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Econpapers search; working paper


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