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Welfare-related health inequality: does the choice of measure matter?

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  • Joachim Frick
  • Nicolas Ziebarth

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Using representative microdata from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), we show that the welfare measure choice has a substantial impact on the degree of welfare-related health inequality. To assess the sensitivity of welfare-related health inequality measures, we combine a unique set of income and wealth measures with different subjective, cardinalized, and (quasi-)objective health measures. The influence of the welfare measure is more pronounced when using subjective health measures than when using (quasi-)objective health measures. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

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  • Joachim Frick & Nicolas Ziebarth, 2013. "Welfare-related health inequality: does the choice of measure matter?," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 14(3), pages 431-442, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:eujhec:v:14:y:2013:i:3:p:431-442
    DOI: 10.1007/s10198-012-0387-6
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    Welfare-related health inequality; Concentration index; Income measurement; Wealth; SOEP; D31; I10; I12;
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    JEL classification:

    • 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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