Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/34771
Authors: 
Blanco Pérez, Cristina
Ramos, Xavier
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 3727
Abstract: 
This paper examines the effect of income polarisation on individual health. We argue that polarisation captures much better the social tension and conflict that underlie some of the pathways linking income disparities and individual health, and which have been traditionally proxied by inequality. We test our premises with panel data for Spain. Results show that polarisation has a detrimental effect on health. We also find that the way the relevant population subgroups are defined is important: polarisation is only significant if measured between education-age groups for each region. Regional polarisation is not significant. Our results are obtained conditional on a comprehensive set of controls, including absolute and relative income.
Subjects: 
Polarisation
health
fixed-effects ordered logit model
conflict
psychosocial stress
social capital
JEL: 
D31
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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