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Socioeconomic Status and Health in Childhood: A Comment on Chen, Martin and Matthews (2006)

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  • Anne Case
  • Christina Paxson
  • Tom Vogl

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Understanding whether the gradient in children's health becomes steeper with age is an important first step in uncovering the mechanisms that connect economic and health status, and in recommending sensible interventions to protect children's health. To that end, this paper examines why two sets of authors, Chen et al (2006) and Case et al (2002), using data from the same source, reach markedly different conclusions about income-health gradients in childhood. We find that differences can be explained primarily by the inclusion (exclusion) of a handful of younger adults living independently.

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  • Anne Case & Christina Paxson & Tom Vogl, 2006. "Socioeconomic Status and Health in Childhood: A Comment on Chen, Martin and Matthews (2006)," NBER Working Papers 12267, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:12267
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    1. Anne Case & Darren Lubotsky & Christina Paxson, 2002. "Economic Status and Health in Childhood: The Origins of the Gradient," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 92(5), pages 1308-1334, December.
    2. Chen, Edith & Martin, Andrew D. & Matthews, Karen A., 2006. "Socioeconomic status and health: Do gradients differ within childhood and adolescence?," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 62(9), pages 2161-2170, May.
    3. Case, Anne & Fertig, Angela & Paxson, Christina, 2005. "The lasting impact of childhood health and circumstance," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(2), pages 365-389, March.
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