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Health, Inequality, and Economic Development

  • Deaton, A.

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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Paper provided by Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School - Development Studies in its series Papers with number 200.

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Length: 71 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:fth:priwds:200
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