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Health, Capabilities and Functionings: An Empirical Analysis for the UK

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We analyse the relationship between socio-economic variables and health outcomes for adult participants in three waves of the British Household Panel Survey from 1999 to 2001. We adopt Sen’s capability approach and compute a capability index ranking individuals on the basis of their ability to transform health and economic resources into health functionings. The results show that, even when controlling for access to health resources, socio-economic variables affect significantly the health functionings in the UK. This suggests the need for more equalitarian access policies to health care facilities.

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Paper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 151.

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Keywords: Health; Capability Approach; Production Frontier;

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  1. COPPOLA, Gianluigi, 2010. "Health, Lifestyle and Growth," CELPE Discussion Papers 115, CELPE - Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy, University of Salerno, Italy.

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