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Income-based inequality of adolescent obesity in Australia

Adrian James, Silvia Mendolia () and Alfredo Paloyo

Economics Letters, 2021, vol. 198, issue C

Abstract: We investigate the magnitude and drivers of income-based inequality of adolescent obesity. Using the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey, we estimate a concentration index of –0.1225. We also demonstrate that the inequality doubled between the years 2006 and 2014. In a decomposition analysis, we show that the greatest contributors to the observed inequality in adolescent obesity rates are socioeconomic status and maternal obesity status.

Keywords: Health inequality; Australia; Obesity; Concentration index (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2020.109665

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