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Inequalities in self-reported physical health in the United States, 1993-1999


  • Saloua Sehili

    (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA)

  • Elamin H. Elbasha

    (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA)

  • David G. Moriarty

    (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA)

  • Matthew M. Zack

    (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA)


This study investigated inequalities in physically healthy days in the United States during 1993-1999, by socioeconomic and demographic group. The generalized entropy GE(2) and other indices were computed using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, 1993-1999. The results indicate that GE(2) for the US population increased by 17% during 1993-1999. Low-to-middle income groups had the highest increases in inequalities during this time (51-66%), whereas the least educated, Asian|Pacific Islanders, American Indians|Alaska Natives, the oldest, the youngest, and the richest had the lowest (-14-10%). In 1999, inequalities ranged from 0.0153 (income ⩾ $50 000) to 0.112 (income < $10 000). Inequalities have increased during 1993-1999 and vary substantially across groups. The American Indians|Alaska Natives experienced the highest inequalities whereas Asians|Pacific-Islanders exhibited the lowest inequalities. More attention should be given to within-group inequalities. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Saloua Sehili & Elamin H. Elbasha & David G. Moriarty & Matthew M. Zack, 2005. "Inequalities in self-reported physical health in the United States, 1993-1999," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(4), pages 377-389.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:14:y:2005:i:4:p:377-389 DOI: 10.1002/hec.951

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