Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58647
Authors: 
Grönqvist, Hans
Johansson, Per
Niknami, Susan
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6554
Abstract: 
This paper examines the effect of income inequality on health for a group of particularly disadvantaged individuals: refugees. Our analysis draws on longitudinal hospitalization records coupled with a settlement policy where Swedish authorities assigned newly arrived refugees to their first area of residence. The policy was implemented in a way that provides a source of plausibly random variation in initial location. The results reveal no statistically significant effect of income inequality on the risk of being hospitalized. This finding holds also for most population subgroups and when separating between different types of diagnoses. Our estimates are precise enough to rule out large effects of income inequality on health.
Subjects: 
income inequality
immigration
quasi-experiment
JEL: 
I10
J15
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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