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Estimation of A Community Health Status Index on the Basis of a MIMIC Model


  • D. N. Rao

    (Jawahar Lal University)

  • R. L. Bhat

    (University of Jammu)


A Multiple Indicators Multiple Causes (MIMIC) Model which treats the health status of the community as an unobservable variable is presented here. On the basis of this model a community health status index (CHSI) has been estimated for 15 states of India using cross-section data on health indicators and health causes separately for the years 1971 and 1981. This index is useful in ranking the States in terms of their health status and in monitoring their progress. The estimated values of the structural coefficients in the model throw light on the differential marginal impact of improvement in health causes on the CHSI and also on the different health indicators.

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  • D. N. Rao & R. L. Bhat, 1991. "Estimation of A Community Health Status Index on the Basis of a MIMIC Model," Indian Economic Review, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, vol. 26(1), pages 51-63, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:dse:indecr:v:26:y:1991:i:1:p:51-63

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    1. Rahman, Tauhidur & Mittelhammer, Ron C. & Wandschneider, Philip R., 2011. "Measuring quality of life across countries: A multiple indicators and multiple causes approach," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 43-52, February.
    2. Rahman, Tauhidur & Mittelhammer, Ronald C. & Wandschneider, Philip R., 2004. "A Latent Variable Mimic Approach To Inferring The Quality Of Life," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20351, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General


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