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Inadequate Bivariate Measures of Health Inequality: The Impact of Income Distribution

Sammendrag

Bivariate measures of health inequality are influenced by changes in two variables: health and a socioeconomic variable, such as income. For these measures, what is reported as an increase in health inequality might just as well be a reduction in income inequality. In particular, several papers have found that socioeconomic health inequalities in Nordic countries are no less than in other European countries. The correct interpretation could just be that income inequality is no higher in Nordic countries than in the rest of Europe. The problem is especially profound when the causality is running from health to income.

Om publikasjonen

Forfattere:

Brekke, Kjell Arne og Snorre Kverndokk

År:

2012

Tidsskrift:

Scandinavian Journal of Economics

Serie:

Vitenskapelige tidsskrift

JEL:

D31; I12

Nøkkelord:

Bivariate inequality measures; egalitarian countries; health inequality; income inequality; socioeconomic status

Prosjekt:

4101 - Økonomi og helse

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