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Cut-point shift and index shift in self-reported health

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  • Lindeboom, Maarten
  • van Doorslaer, Eddy

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There is a concern that ordered responses on health questions may differ acrosspopulations or even across subgroups of a population. This reporting heterogeneity mayinvalidate group comparisons and measures of health inequality. This paper proposes a test fordifferential reporting in ordered response models which allows us to distinguish betweencut-point shift and index shift. The method is illustrated using Canadian National PopulationHealth Survey data. The McMaster Health Utility Index (HUI) is used as a more objective healthmeasure than the simple 5-point scale of self-assessed health. We find clear evidence of indexshifting and cut-point shifting for age and gender, but not for income, education or language.
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  • Lindeboom, Maarten & van Doorslaer, Eddy, 2004. "Cut-point shift and index shift in self-reported health," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 23(6), pages 1083-1099, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jhecon:v:23:y:2004:i:6:p:1083-1099
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    JEL classification:

    • D30 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - General
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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