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Decomposition of health inequality by determinants and dimensions

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  • JØrgen Lauridsen

    (Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

  • Terkel Christiansen

    (Institute of Public Health - Health Economics, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

  • Jens Gundgaard

    (Institute of Public Health - Health Economics, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

  • Unto Häkkinen

    (Centre for Health Economics at STAKES (CHESS), Helsinki, Finland)

  • Harri Sintonen

    (Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki, Finland)

Abstract

The study integrates two methodologies so that income-related inequality in general health can be decomposed into contributions from socio-demographic characteristics to each of the dimensions defining general health. It is found that these relative contributions vary substantially across dimensions. For policy purposes such information is valuable as it indicates at which population groups and at which aspects of health efforts to reduce inequalities in health should be targeted. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • JØrgen Lauridsen & Terkel Christiansen & Jens Gundgaard & Unto Häkkinen & Harri Sintonen, 2007. "Decomposition of health inequality by determinants and dimensions," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(1), pages 97-102.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:16:y:2007:i:1:p:97-102
    DOI: 10.1002/hec.1145
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