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

  • Anne Case
  • Christina Paxson
  • Tom Vogl

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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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 12267.

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Date of creation: May 2006
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Publication status: published as Case, Anne, Christina Paxson and Tom Vogl. “Socioeconomic Status and Health in Childhood: A Comment on Chen, Martin and Matthews (2006).” Social Science & Medicine 64, 4 (2007): : 757-761.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:12267
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  1. 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.
  2. Anne Case & Angela Fertig & Christina Paxson, 2004. "The Lasting Impact of Childhood Health and Circumstance," Working Papers 246, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Health and Wellbeing..
  3. Anne Case & Darren Lubotsky & Christina Paxson, 2001. "Economic Status and Health in Childhood: The Origins of the Gradient," NBER Working Papers 8344, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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