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Children¡¯S Health Gradient In Developing Countries: Evidence From Indonesia

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  • Cheolsung Park

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    (College of Economics and Finance, Hanyang University)

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    Using data of children under age fifteen in Indonesia, I examine how the health gradient among children evolves over age. It is found that health status is strongly correlated with household income among children younger than seven, but not so among the older school-aged children. I find evidence that schooling explains partly the pattern, as schooling has a positive impact on health status of children of low-income families, but little impact on health status of children of high-income families. Accessibility to healthcare providers is found to play a significant role in shaping the gradient, but it does not explain directly the observed evolving pattern of the gradient.

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    Article provided by Chung-Ang Unviersity, Department of Economics in its journal Journal Of Economic Development.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 25-44

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    Handle: RePEc:jed:journl:v:35:y:2010:i:4:p:25-44

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    Keywords: Child Health Gradient; Healthcare; Schooling; Developing Country;

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    1. James P. Smith, 1999. "Healthy Bodies and Thick Wallets: The Dual Relation between Health and Economic Status," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 13(2), pages 145-166, Spring.
    2. West, Patrick, 1997. "Health inequalities in the early years: Is there equalisation in youth?," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 44(6), pages 833-858, March.
    3. Janet Currie & Mark Stabile, 2003. "Socioeconomic Status and Child Health: Why Is the Relationship Stronger for Older Children?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 93(5), pages 1813-1823, December.
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    1. C. Simon Fan, 2011. "The Luxury Axiom, The Wealth Paradox, And Child Labor," Journal of Economic Development, Chung-Ang Unviersity, Department of Economics, vol. 36(3), pages 25-45, September.

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