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Income inequality and health status: role of institutions quality

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  • Alassane Drabo

    () (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International (CERDI) - Université d'Auvergne)

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This paper investigates the relationships between health indicators, institutional variables and income inequality. In the economic literature, the impact of income distribution on health status is largely studied. Theoretically, all the mechanisms developed in the literature highlight a negative impact of income inequality on health status. However, empirical studies find different results and the conclusions are far from a consensus. In this article, we partly propose an explanation to these discrepancies on the effect of income distribution on health by introducing institutions quality in the debate. More precisely, we assess whether the effect of income inequality on population's health is conditional to institutions quality. Our analysis shows that income inequality affects negatively population health and this negative effect is mitigated by good institutions. Another interesting result is that income inequality affects higher health status in developing countries as compare to others.

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  • Alassane Drabo, 2010. "Income inequality and health status: role of institutions quality," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 30(4), pages 2533-2548.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-09-00740
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    1. Peter Lorentzen & John McMillan & Romain Wacziarg, 2008. "Death and development," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 13(2), pages 81-124, June.
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    1. Alassane DRABO, 2011. "Agricultural primary commodity export and environmental degradation: what consequences for population’s health?," Working Papers 201110, CERDI.

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    Keywords

    health status; income inequality; institutions quality; instrumental variables method; panel data;

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    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution

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