Health Care Quality and Economic Inequality
AbstractWe argue that health care quality has an important impact on economic inequality and on saving behaviour. We exploit district-wide variability in health care quality provided by the Italian universal public health system to identify the effect of quality on income inequality, health inequality and precautionary saving. We find that in lower quality districts there is greater income and health dispersion and higher precautionary saving. The analysis carries important insights for the ongoing debate about the validity of the life-cycle model and interesting policy implications for the design of health care systems.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 120.
Date of creation: 01 Jun 2004
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Publication status: Published in Health Economics, April 2007, vol. 16, issue 4, pages 327-346
Other versions of this item:
- D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
- D91 - Microeconomics - - Intertemporal Choice - - - Intertemporal Household Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving
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- NEP-ALL-2004-07-11 (All new papers)
- NEP-HEA-2004-07-11 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2004-07-11 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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