EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Income Inequality and Health: Evidence from Developed and Developing Countries

Dierk Herzer and Peter Nunnenkamo ()
Additional contact information
Peter Nunnenkamo: Kieler Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Postal: Kiel Institute for the World Economy Hindenburgufer 66, 24100 Kiel Germany

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Peter Nunnenkamp

No 141/2014, Working Paper from Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg

Abstract: We assess the effect of income inequality on life expectancy by performing separate estimations for developed and developing countries. Our empirical analysis challenges the widely held view that inequality matters more for health in richer countries than for health in poorer countries. Employing panel cointegration and conventional panel regressions, we find that income inequality increases life expectancy in developed countries. By contrast, the effect on life expectancy is significantly negative in developing countries. While the quantitative effects are small, the striking contrast between the two country groups proves to be robust to modifications in measurement, specification and methodological choices.

Keywords: health; inequality; panel cointegration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 I14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 54 pages
Date: 2014-04-17
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age, nep-dev, nep-hea and nep-ltv
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.hsu-hh.de/fgvwl/index_6fIxmi5fW6N1jPOE.html Full text (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Income inequality and health: Evidence from developed and developing countries (2015) Downloads
Working Paper: Income inequality and health: Evidence from developed and developing countries (2014) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ris:vhsuwp:2014_141

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Paper from Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Klaus Bekcmann ().

 
Page updated 2021-07-17
Handle: RePEc:ris:vhsuwp:2014_141