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Making health continuous: implications of different methods on the measurement of inequality

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  • Ann Lecluyse

    (Department of Economics, Faculty of Applied Economics, University of Antwerp, Belgium)

  • Irina Cleemput

    (Expert Economic Analysis, Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre, Belgium)

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In most national surveys, health is measured as a categorical variable. However, in order to be able to calculate socio-economic inequalities in health, a continuous variable is needed. The recently developed interval regression approach was shown to outperform to other approaches like ordered probit. In this research we investigate the impact of using different sets of external data to estimate health inequalities: the EQ-index and the Canadian HUI. We found that the concentration index differs, but the income-related health mobility index and its decomposition are highly similar. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Ann Lecluyse & Irina Cleemput, 2006. "Making health continuous: implications of different methods on the measurement of inequality," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(1), pages 99-104.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:15:y:2006:i:1:p:99-104
    DOI: 10.1002/hec.1015
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    1. David Madden, 2010. "Ordinal and cardinal measures of health inequality: an empirical comparison," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(2), pages 243-250.
    2. Ann Lecluyse, 2007. "Income-related health inequality in Belgium: a longitudinal perspective," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 8(3), pages 237-243, September.
    3. Sandy Tubeuf, 2009. "Explaining wealth-related health inequalities in European countries: the contribution of childhood circumstances and adulthood conditions," Working Papers 0902, Academic Unit of Health Economics, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds.
    4. Max Coveney & Pilar Garcia Gomez & Eddy Van Doorslaer & Tom Van Ourti, 2015. "Health Disparities by Income in Spain before and after the Economic Crisis," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 15-130/V, Tinbergen Institute.
    5. Sandy Tubeuf & Florence Jusot, 2011. "Social health inequalities among older Europeans: the contribution of social and family background," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 12(1), pages 61-77, February.
    6. Tubeuf, S, 2008. "Income-related inequalities in self-assessed health: comparisons of alternative measurements of health," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 08/04, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.

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