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Overcrowding and Indigenous Health in Australia

Alison Booth () and Nick Carroll

No 498, CEPR Discussion Papers from Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University

Abstract: We use unique survey data from the 2001 National Health Survey to examine the association between overcrowding and the self-assessed health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Our goal is to determine whether or not overcrowding explains why the Indigenous population has worse health than the non-Indigenous population. We find that, after we control for a number of factors, overcrowding of adults (i) appears to be associated with worse health and (ii) explains approximately 30% of the health gap between the Indigenous population living in remote areas and the non-Indigenous population.

Keywords: self-assessed health; Indigenous health; overcrowding (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I1 I12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 14 pages
Date: 2005-09
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