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Title:Economic inequality and health: Looking beyond aggregate indicators PDF Logo
Authors:Böckerman, Petri
Johansson, Edvard
Helakorpi, Satu
Uutela, Antti
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:ETLA Discussion Papers, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA) 1104
Abstract:This paper examines the relationship between relative income inequality and health in Finland, using individual microdata over the period 1993-2005. Our data allows us to analyse a large spectrum of health indicators. Overall, our results suggest that income inequality is not associated with increased morbidity in the population. The results for women differ to quite a large extent from those of men and the pooled sample. There is evidence that an increase in the Gini coefficient is negatively related to the probability of good physical health and no disability retirement. For men, relative income inequality is clearly not important for health.
Subjects:Health, health behaviour, economic inequality, relative income inequality, relative deprivation, Gini coefficient
JEL:I12
I30
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ETLA Discussion Papers, Research Institute of the Finnish Economy

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