Allowing for heterogeneity in the decomposition of measures of inequality in health
AbstractThis paper shows how recently developed regression-based methods for the decomposition of health inequality can be extended to incorporate heterogeneity in the responses of health to the explanatory variables. We illustrate our method with an application to the GHQ measure of psychological well-being taken from the British Household Panel Survey. The results suggest that there is an important degree of heterogeneity in the association of health to explanatory variables across birth cohorts and genders which, in turn, accounts for a substantial percentage of the inequality in observed health.
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Date of creation: Oct 2004
Date of revision: Jun 2005
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Health inequalities; heterogeneity; decomposition analysis; panel data;
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- Andrew Jones & Ángel López Nicolás, 2006. "Allowing for heterogeneity in the decomposition of measures of inequality in health," Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer, vol. 4(3), pages 347-365, December.
- Andrew M. Jones & Ángel López, 2004. "Allowing for heterogeneity in the decomposition of measures of inequality in health," Economics Working Papers 929, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, revised Jun 2005.
- D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
- I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Production
- C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
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