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The shape of the relationship between mortality and income in France

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    Using a case-control study constructed with two fiscal databases, this paper investigates the shape of the relationship between income and the probability of death in France. The results show that the risk of mortality is strongly correlated with the level of income, independent from the occupational status. This relationship holds across the whole range of income distribution. Specifically the protective effect of highest incomes casts some doubt on the hypothesis of the concavity of the income-health relationship.

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    Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/425.

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    Date of creation: Jul 2006
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    Publication status: Published in Annales d'Economie et de Statistique, 2006, no. 83-84. pp. 89-122.Length: 33 pages
    Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/425

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    Keywords: Mortality; Health inequalities; Income;

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    1. Direr, A., 2010. "The taxation of life annuities under adverse selection," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 94(1-2), pages 50-58, February.
    2. Sandy Tubeuf & Florence Jusot, 2011. "Social health inequalities among older Europeans: the contribution of social and family background," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 61-77, February.

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