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Monitoring of trends in socioeconomic inequalities in mortality


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  • FFF1Anton E. NNN1Kunst

    (Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam)

  • FFF2Vivian NNN2Bos

    (Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam)

  • FFF2Otto NNN2Andersen

    (Statistics Denmark, Copenhagen)

  • FFF2Mario NNN2Cardano

    (Turin University)

  • FFF2Giuseppe NNN2Costa

    (Turin University)

  • FFF2Seeromanie NNN2Harding

    (Medical Research Council, Glasgow)

  • FFF2Örjan NNN2Hemström

    (Stockholm University)

  • FFF2Richard NNN2Layte

    (Economic and Social Research Council, Dublin)

  • FFF2Enrique NNN2Regidor

    (Ministry of Health, Madrid)

  • FFF2Alison NNN2Reid

    (University of Western Australia, Crawley)

  • FFF2Paula NNN2Santana

    (University of Coimbra)

  • FFF2Tapani NNN2Valkonen

    (University of Helsinki)

  • FFF2Johan P. NNN2Mackenbach

    (Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam)

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    This paper presents estimates of changes in socioeconomic inequalities in mortality between the 1980s and the 1990s in nine European countries. The best available evidence shows that relative inequalities in mortality generally widened, while the absolute gap remains about the same. However, the pace of change varied greatly, both between countries and within countries (by age and sex). Additional analyses of specific countries illustrated that data problems can often impede an accurate and detailed assessment of change in inequalities in mortality. These illustrations stressed the importance of evaluating methodological problems, and they point to the urgent need for further development of data sources.

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    Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research Special Collections.

    Volume (Year): 2 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 9 (April)
    Pages: 229-254

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:drspec:v:2:y:2004:i:9

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    Keywords: Europe; methodology; mortality; socio-economic factors; trends;

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    1. Regidor, Enrique & Gutiérrez-Fisac, Juan L. & Rodríguez, Carmen, 1995. "Increased socioeconomic differences in mortality in eight Spanish provinces," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 41(6), pages 801-807, September.
    2. Iliana V. Kohler & Jordan Kaltchev & Mariana Dimova, 2002. "Integrated Information System for Demographic Statistics 'ESGRAON-TDS' in Bulgaria," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 6(12), pages 325-354, May.
    3. Iliana Kohler & Jordan Kaltchev & Mariana Dimova, 2002. "Integrated information system for demographic statistics ´ESGRAON-TDS´ in Bulgaria," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2002-010, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    4. Mackenbach, Johan P. & Kunst, Anton E., 1997. "Measuring the magnitude of socio-economic inequalities in health: An overview of available measures illustrated with two examples from Europe," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 44(6), pages 757-771, March.
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    1. Cutler, David & Lleras-Muney, Adriana & Deaton, Angus, 2006. "The Determinants of Mortality," Scholarly Articles 2640588, Harvard University Department of Economics.
    2. Bengtsson, Tommy & van Poppel, Frans, 2011. "Socioeconomic inequalities in death from past to present: An introduction," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 48(3), pages 343-356, July.
    3. Elisenda Rentería & Cassio M. Turra, 2009. "Measuring educational differences in mortality among women living in highly unequal societies with defective data: the case of Brazil," Textos para Discussão Cedeplar-UFMG td348, Cedeplar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.
    4. Iliana V. Kohler & Pekka Martikainen & Kirsten P. Smith & Irma Elo, 2008. "Educational differences in all-cause mortality by marital status," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 19(60), pages 2011-2042, December.
    5. Vladimir M. Shkolnikov & Evgueni M. Andreev & Dmitri A. Jdanov & Domantas Jasilionis & Tapani Valkonen, 2009. "To what extent do rising mortality inequalities by education and marital status attenuate the general mortality decline? The case of Finland in 1971-2030," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2009-018, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.


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