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Accounting for the dead in the longitudinal analysis of income-related health inequalities

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  • Petrie, Dennis

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    (Dept of Economics Studies, University of Dundee)

  • Allanson, Paul

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    (Dept of Economics Studies, University of Dundee)

  • Gerdtham, Ulf-G

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

Abstract

This paper develops an accounting framework to consider the effect of deaths on the longitudinal analysis of income-related health inequalities. Ignoring deaths or using inverse probability weights to re-weight the sample for mortality-related attrition can produce misleading results. Incorporating deaths into the longitudinal analysis of income-related health inequalities provides a more complete picture in terms of the evaluation of health changes in respect to socioeconomic status. We illustrate our work by investigating health mobility from 1999 till 2004 using the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). When deaths are explicitly incorporated into the analysis it is found that over this five year period the relative health changes were significantly regressive such that the poor experienced a larger share of the health losses relative to their initial share of health and a large amount of this was related to mortality.

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2011:9.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 04 Feb 2011
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Publication status: Published as Petrie, Dennis, Paul Allanson and Ulf-G Gerdtham, 'Accounting for the dead in the longitudinal analysis of income-related health inequalities' in Journal of Health Economics, 2011, pages 1113-1123.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2011_009

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Keywords: QALYs; income-related health inequality; mobility analysis; longitudinal data; inverse probability weights;

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  1. Petrie, Dennis & Allanson, Paul & Gerdtham, Ulf-G, 2010. "Accounting for the dead in the longitudinal analysis of income-related health inequalities," SIRE Discussion Papers 2010-98, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
  2. Steef Baeten & Tom Van Ourti & Eddy Van Doorslaer, 2012. "Rising Inequalities in Income and Health in China: Who is left behind?," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 12-091/V, Tinbergen Institute.
  3. Baeten, Steef & Van Ourti, Tom & van Doorslaer, Eddy, 2013. "The socioeconomic health gradient across the life cycle: What role for selective mortality and institutionalization?," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 97(C), pages 66-74.
  4. Allanson, Paul & Petrie, Dennis, 2013. "Longitudinal methods to investigate the role of health determinants in the dynamics of income-related health inequality," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(5), pages 922-937.
  5. Hansen, Fredrik & Anell, Anders & Gerdtham, Ulf-G & Lyttkens, Carl Hampus, 2013. "The Future of Health Economics: The Potential of Behavioral and Experimental Economics," Working Papers 2013:20, Lund University, Department of Economics.

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