Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86955
Authors: 
d'Uva, Teresa Bago
Lindeboom, Maarten
O'Donnell, Owen
van Doorslaer, Eddy
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 10-122/3
Abstract: 
Reliance on self-rated health to proxy medical need can bias estimation of education-related inequity in health care utilisation. We correct this bias both by instrumenting self-rated health with objective health indicators and by purging self-rated health of reporting heterogeneity identified from health vignettes. Using data on elderly Europeans, we find that instrumenting self-rated health shifts the distribution of doctor visits in the direction of inequality favouring the better educated. There is a further, and typically larger, shift the same direction when correction is made for the tendency of the better educated to rate their health more negatively.
Subjects: 
health care
health
equity
reporting heterogeneity
vignettes
JEL: 
C35
C42
I12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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