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Socioeconomic Status and Health in Childhood: A Comment on Chen, Martin and Matthews

Anne Case (), Christina Paxson and Tom Vogl
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Christina Paxson: Princeton University
Tom Vogl: Princeton University

No 157, Working Papers from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Research Program in Development Studies.

Abstract: Understanding whether the gradient in children's health becomes steeper with age is an important first step in uncovering the mechanisms that connect economic and health status, and in recommending sensible interventions to protect children's health. To that end, this paper examines why two sets of authors, Chen et al (2006) and Case et al (2002), using data from the same source, reach markedly different conclusions about income-health gradients in childhood. We find that differences can be explained primarily by the inclusion (exclusion) of a handful of younger adults living independently.

JEL-codes: I10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-05
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