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ABSENCE OF EDUCATION–HEALTH GRADIENT IN A DEVELOPING COUNTRY AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR CHRONIC DISEASES

Kitae Sohn ()
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Kitae Sohn: Department of Economics, Konkuk University, 120 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 05029, South Korea

The Singapore Economic Review (SER), 2021, vol. 66, issue 05, 1521-1540

Abstract: We present evidence against the well-established education–health gradient by relating education to measured hypertension status in 5,873 men and 6,152 women aged 40+ in Indonesia. Once a basic set of covariates was controlled for, the two variables were not statistically significantly related. We argue that this lack was due to neglect of chronic diseases. It appears that the assumption of full information in theories on the education–health gradient is too strong to be applied to the developing world. Therefore, more information needs to be provided to the public regarding the seriousness of chronic diseases and preventive and curative methods.

Keywords: Education; health; gradient; hypertension; Indonesia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1142/S0217590818500236

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