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Social determinants of health: an economic perspective

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  • David Epstein

    (University of York, York, UK)

  • Dolores Jiménez-Rubio

    (University of Granada, Granada, Spain)

  • Peter C. Smith

    (University of York, York, UK)

  • Marc Suhrcke

    (University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK)

Abstract

The World Health Organization has recently received the findings of its Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. The Commission's report offers a remarkable summary of the evidence, and makes a passionate case for government action to address the social determinants of health, especially as they relate to health inequity. This paper summarizes the ways in which economic analysis could strengthen policy under three headings: examining the causal impact of the determinants of health and of associated policies; prioritising actions; and determining the role of government in influencing behaviour. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 18 (2009)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 495-502

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Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:18:y:2009:i:5:p:495-502

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  1. Jusot, Florence & Tubeuf, Sandy, 2011. "Social health inequalities among older Europeans : the contribution of social and family background," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/5401, Paris Dauphine University.
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  3. Pega, Frank & Valentine, Nicole B. & Matheson, Don & Rasanathan, Kumanan, 2014. "Public social monitoring reports and their effect on a policy programme aimed at addressing the social determinants of health to improve health equity in New Zealand," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 101(C), pages 61-69.

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