Economic Inequality and Health: Looking Beyond Aggregate Indicators
AbstractThis paper examines the relationship between relative income inequality and health in Finland, using individual microdata over the period 1993-2005. Our data allows us to analyse a large spectrum of health indicators. Overall, our results suggest that income inequality is not associated with increased morbidity in the population. The results for women differ to quite a large extent from those of men and the pooled sample. There is evidence that an increase in the Gini coefficient is negatively related to the probability of good physical health and no disability retirement. For men, relative income inequality is clearly not important for health.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy in its series Discussion Papers with number 1104.
Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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- Böckerman, Petri & Johansson, Edvard & Helakorpi, Satu & Uutela, Antti, 2007. "Economic Inequality and Health: Looking Beyond Aggregate Indicators," MPRA Paper 5640, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Production
- I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
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