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Distribution of self-reported health in India: The role of income and geography

Ila Patnaik (), Renuka Sane (), Ajay Shah () and S. V. Subramaniam ()
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S. V. Subramaniam: Harvard University

No 6, Working Papers from xKDR

Abstract: Background: We obtain evidence on self-reported health in India using a new large-scale survey database. Methods: We report summary statistics about the self-reported ill-health rate, and explore relationships with socio-economic parameters through logistic regressions. Results: The overall average ill health rate is 3.25%. The most important correlates are age, income and location. We find substantial variation across the 102 'homogeneous regions' of the country. Higher income is correlated with better health in 40% of India. Conclusions: The maps of ill health seen here diverge from conventional wisdom about North vs. South India. Epidemiological studies are required in the hotspots of ill-health and the regions where higher income does not correlate with improved health. Keywords: Self-reported health, India, geographical variation, SES and health.

Pages: 24 pages
Date: 2021-09
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