IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Socio-Economic Conditions and Mortality in Italy


  • Luigi Cannari
  • Giovanni D'Alessio


In this paper we examine the relation among socio-economic conditions, health, and mortality, making use of data from the Survey of Household Income and Wealth carried out by the Bank of Italy. The analysis is crucial not only from a demographic, sociological, and epidemiological point of view, but also at the economic level. The differential mortality by economic conditions may be useful to assess the progressivity of the pension system: if people with higher incomes tend to live longer, they will obtain greater advantage from social benefits compared to individuals with lower incomes and a higher risk of death. The analysis of differential mortality may also contribute to explaining the high percentage of rich people in older age. Our analysis shows a significant link between these variables: in particular, low education and low income increase the risks of bad health and mortality. A better quality of public health services is associated with lower risks of bad health and mortality; the effect of this variable turns out to be more relevant for the poor, who presumably do not have the opportunity to use private facilities.

Suggested Citation

  • Luigi Cannari & Giovanni D'Alessio, 2016. "Socio-Economic Conditions and Mortality in Italy," Politica economica, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 2, pages 331-350.
  • Handle: RePEc:mul:je8794:doi:10.1429/83968:y:2016:i:2:p:331-350

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. repec:mul:jqyfkm:doi:10.1432/92675:y:2018:i:3:p:471-498 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. G. D'Alessio, 2018. "Well-being, the Socio-economic Context and Price Differences: the North-South Gap," Rivista economica del Mezzogiorno, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 3, pages 471-498.

    More about this item


    Mortality; Health; Income; Education.;


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:mul:je8794:doi:10.1429/83968:y:2016:i:2:p:331-350. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.