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Longitudinal analysis of income-related health inequality

Paul Allanson (), Ulf-G. Gerdtham and Dennis Petrie ()

No 214, Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics from Economic Studies, University of Dundee

Abstract: This paper considers the characterisation and measurement of income-related health inequality using longitudinal data. The paper elucidates the nature of the Jones and Lopez Nicholas (2004) index of “health-related income mobility” and explains the negative values of the index that have been reported in all the empirical applications to date. The paper further questions the value of their index to health policymakers and proposes an alternative index of “income-related health mobility” that measures whether the pattern of health changes is biased in favour of those with initially high or low incomes. We illustrate our work by investigating mobility in the General Health Questionnaire measure of psychological well-being over the first nine waves of the British Household Panel Survey from 1991 to 1999.

Keywords: income-related health inequality; mobility analysis; longitudinal data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D39 D63 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hap, nep-hea, nep-lab and nep-ltv
Date: 2008-08
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