Health Care Quality and Economic Inequality
Tullio Jappelli (),
Luigi Pistaferri () and
CSEF Working Papers from Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy
We argue that health care quality has an important impact on economic inequality and on saving behaviour. We exploit district-wide variability in health care quality provided by the Italian universal public health system to identify the effect of quality on income inequality, health inequality and precautionary saving. We find that in lower quality districts there is greater income and health dispersion and higher precautionary saving. The analysis carries important insights for the ongoing debate about the validity of the life-cycle model and interesting policy implications for the design of health care systems.
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea and nep-ltv
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Published in Health Economics, April 2007, vol. 16, issue 4, pages 327-346
Downloads: (external link)
Working Paper: Health Care Quality and Economic Inequality (2004)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:sef:csefwp:120
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in CSEF Working Papers from Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Lia Ambrosio ().