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Welfare-related health inequality: does the choice of measure matter?

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  • Joachim Frick
  • Nicolas Ziebarth

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Using representative microdata from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), we show that the welfare measure choice has a substantial impact on the degree of welfare-related health inequality. To assess the sensitivity of welfare-related health inequality measures, we combine a unique set of income and wealth measures with different subjective, cardinalized, and (quasi-)objective health measures. The influence of the welfare measure is more pronounced when using subjective health measures than when using (quasi-)objective health measures. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

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Volume (Year): 14 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 431-442

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Handle: RePEc:spr:eujhec:v:14:y:2013:i:3:p:431-442

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Keywords: Welfare-related health inequality; Concentration index; Income measurement; Wealth; SOEP; D31; I10; I12;

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  3. Eibich, P.;, 2014. "Understanding the effect of retirement on health using Regression Discontinuity Design," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 14/10, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.
  4. Goebel, J.; & Krekel, C.; & Tiefenbach, T.; & Ziebarth, N.;, 2013. "Natural Disaster, Policy Action, and Mental Well Being: The Case of Fukushima," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 13/28, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.

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