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Polarisation and Health

Cristina Blanco Perez () and Xavi Ramos ()
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Cristina Blanco Perez: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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No 3727, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper examines the effect of income polarisation on individual health. We argue that polarisation captures much better the social tension and conflict that underlie some of the pathways linking income disparities and individual health, and which have been traditionally proxied by inequality. We test our premises with panel data for Spain. Results show that polarisation has a detrimental effect on health. We also find that the way the relevant population subgroups are defined is important: polarisation is only significant if measured between education-age groups for each region. Regional polarisation is not significant. Our results are obtained conditional on a comprehensive set of controls, including absolute and relative income.

Keywords: conflict; social capital; fixed-effects ordered logit model; health; psychosocial stress; polarisation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 I1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2008-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea, nep-ltv and nep-soc
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Published - published in: Review of Income and Wealth, 2010, 56 (1), 171-185

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