Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89091
Authors: 
Lora, Eduardo
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-290
Abstract: 
This is the first study that uniformly analyzes health perceptions in all of Latin America and tests in a systematic way their relation to economic conditions at the country, income group and individual levels. The study uses three types of health self-assessment questions: i) health satisfaction; ii) health status on a scale of 0- 10; and iii) the EuroQol 5D instrument (EQ-5D), which asks about mobility, self- care, usual activities, pain/discomfort, and anxiety/depression. The empirical analysis finds support for the hypothesis that cultural differences between countries prevent cross-national comparisons of health perceptions, but it does not find support for the widely held view that the same applies within countries, presumably because the poor are more tolerant of their health problems.
JEL: 
I10
J10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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