Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86338
Authors: 
Ourti, Tom Van
Doorslaer, Eddy Van
Koolman, Xander
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 06-108/3
Abstract: 
Europe aims at combining income growth with improvements in social cohesion as measured by income and health inequalities. We show that, theoretically, both aims can be reconciled only under very specific conditions concerning the type of growth and the income responsiveness of health. We investigate whether these conditions held in Europe in the nineties using panel data from the European Community Household Panel surveys. We use pooled interval regressions and inequality decompositions to demonstrate that (i) in all countries except Austria, the income elasticity of health is positive and increases with income, and (ii) that income growth was not pro-rich in most EU countries, resulting in little or no reductions in income inequality and modest increases in income-related health inequality in the majority of countries.Keywords:income inequality, health inequality, income elasticity of health, Europe.Classification-JEL: D30, D31, I10, I12.
Subjects: 
income inequality
health inequality
income elasticity of health
Europe
JEL: 
D30
D31
I10
I12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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