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Income Inequality and Health: Do the Equivalence Scales Matter?

Marta Pascual (), David Cantarero () and José María Sarabia ()

Atlantic Economic Journal, 2005, vol. 33, issue 2, 169-178

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to explore the relationship between income inequality and health in the European Union countries using new data from the European Community Household Panel (ECHP). The heterogeneity of the households has been approached using different equivalence scales. A variety of different model specifications were tried using different dependent variables such as life expectancy at birth and child mortality. The results give support to the influence of income inequality on health indicators using aggregate data and panel techniques, and show the sensitivity of the Gini index to the equivalence scale considered. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2005

Keywords: D31; D63; I10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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DOI: 10.1007/s11293-005-3769-7

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