Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89643
Authors: 
Costa-i-Font, Joan
Hernandez-Quevedo, Cristina
Sato, Azusa
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4446
Abstract: 
The distribution of health inequalities appears to exhibit a different pattern when samples of developing countries are examined. One explanation is the existence of a health Kuznets' curve. This paper sets out as an exploratory analysis to test the latter hypothesis of an inverse U shape pattern between both economic and health development and income inequalities in health. We draw upon two rich datasets and we use two measures of health, self -reported health and Body Mass Index (BMI). Our results are suggestive of a socioeconomic health Kuznets' curve on self-reported health but not on BMI. We find robust evidence of both cross country and time series heterogeneity which display a turning point of GDP per capita varying between US $26,000 -38,200.
Subjects: 
inequality
health
health inequalities
Kuznets' curve
Body Mass Index (BMI)
JEL: 
I18
O10
I30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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