Gender Disparities in Health Outcomes of Elderly Persons in India
Vani Borooah ()
Journal of South Asian Development, 2016, vol. 11, issue 3, 328-359
This article uses data from Indiaâ€™s National Sample Survey (NSS), relating to respondentsâ€™ health outcomes between January and June 2014, to quantify a particular form of gender inequality: inequality in self-rated health (SRH) outcomes between men and women aged 60 years and above. In so doing, it makes five contributions to the existing literature. The first is in terms of analytical technique; this study contains a more detailed and nuanced exposition of the regression results than in previous studies. Second, it controls for environmental factorsâ€”like poor drainage, lack of toilets or ventilation in the kitchenâ€”which might have adverse impact on health and, in particular, affect the health of women more than that of men. Third, it takes an account of interaction effects by which the effect of a variable on an elderly personâ€™s SRH differed according to whether the person was male or female. Lastly, it examines whether SRH is correlated with objective health outcomes. In particular, this study answers two central questions: Did men and women, considered collectively, have significantly different likelihoods of â€˜poorâ€™ SRH between the different regions/income classes/social groups/education levels? Did men and women, considered separately, have significantly different likelihoods of a â€˜poorâ€™ SRH within a region/income class/social group/education level?
Keywords: India; NSS health survey; health outcomes; gender; disparity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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