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Health, Inequality, and Economic Development

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  • Deaton, A.

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I explore the connection between income inequality and health in both poor and rich countries. I discuss a range of mechanisms, including nonlinear income effects, credit restrictions, nutritional traps, public goods provision, and relative deprivation. I review the evidence on the effects of income inequality on the rate of decline of mortality over time, on geographical pattens of mortality, and on individual-level mortality.

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  • Deaton, A., 2001. "Health, Inequality, and Economic Development," Papers 200, Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School - Development Studies.
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    INCOME ; HEALTH ; POVERTY;

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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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