Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/87351
Authors: 
Baeten, Steef
Ourti, Tom Van
Doorslaer, Eddy Van
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 12-091/V
Abstract: 
During the last decades, China has experienced double-digit economic growth rates and rising inequality. This paper implements a new decomposition on the China Health and Nutrition panel Survey (1991-2006) to examine the extent to which changes in level and distribution of incomes and in income mobility are related to health disparities between rich and poor. We find that health disparities in China relate to rising income inequality and in particular to the adverse health and income experience of older (wo)men, but not to the growth rate of average incomes over the last decades. These findings suggest that replacement incomes and pensions at older ages may be one of the most important policy levers in combating health disparities between rich and poor Chinese.
Subjects: 
China
income growth
income inequality
income mobility
health inequality
JEL: 
C00
D30
D63
I14
I15
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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