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Conference Paper Understanding Society/BHPS Conference 2011, 30 June-2 July 2011, Colchester, UK

On decomposing the causes of changes in income-related health inequality with longitudinal data


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Regression-based procedures for the decomposition of the health concentration index byhealth determinant have provided the basis for the analysis of the causes of changes inhealth inequality over time using data from repeated cross-sectional surveys. This paperproposes an alternative approach using longitudinal data that is based on thedecomposition of the income-related health mobility index, which provides a directmeasure of the impact of changes in individuals’ health outcomes on health inequality.The procedures are illustrated by an empirical analysis of the performance of Scotland intackling income-related health inequalities relative to England & Wales between 1999and 2004.


Income Dynamics and Health



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