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Beware of Unawareness: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Awareness of Chronic Diseases

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  • Pinka Chatterji
  • Heesoo Joo
  • Kajal Lahiri

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This paper studies racial/ethnic disparities in awareness of chronic diseases using biomarker data from the 2006 HRS. We estimate a 3-step sequential probit model which accounts for selection into: (1) participating in biomarker collection; (2) having illness (hypertension or diabetes); (3) being aware of illness. Contrary to studies reporting that African-Americans are more aware of having hypertension than non-Latino whites, we do not find this conclusion holds after self-selection and severity are considered. Likewise, African-Americans and Latinos are less aware of having diabetes compared to non-Latino whites. Disparities in unawareness are exacerbated when we limit the sample to untreated respondents.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 16578.

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  1. Wuppermann, Amelie Catherine, 2011. "Empirical Essays in Health and Education Economics," Munich Dissertations in Economics, University of Munich, Department of Economics 13187, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  2. Chatterji, P; & Joo, H; & Lahiri, K;, 2011. "Beware of Being Unaware: Racial Disparities in Chronic Illness in the US," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York 11/11, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.

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