NEW APPROACHES TO ESTIMATING THE CHILD HEALTH-PARENTAL INCOME RELATIONSHIP
Mark Harris (),
Leandro Magnusson (),
Bruce Hollingsworth (),
Pushkar Maitra () and
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David Harris: Monash University
Brett Lnder: Monash University
Luke Munford: University of Manchester
No 15-31, Economics Discussion / Working Papers from The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics
This paper exploits two new alternative approaches to estimate the child health-parental income gradient, using both a threshold model and a more parsimonious random parameters model, applied to the Health Survey for England data 2008-2012. We build on previous research and test the appropriateness of the usual standard age categories (0-3, 4-8, 9-12 and 13-17) exploited in the literature and for policy intervention. Our threshold method estimates different age categories and higher income gradient for children aged between 6 and 8 years old. We further extend our analysis to allow for cohort effects. We and that a higher income is required to improve young children’s health aged 0-2 post 2010. We discuss the relevant reasons and policy implications ?most notably that there are socioeconomic child health inequalities exasperated by the recent recession and inequity in the distribution of health interventions towards those most in financial need.
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