Income Inequality and Healt: A Multi-Country Analysis

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Title: Income Inequality and Healt: A Multi-Country Analysis
Author: Asafu-Adjaye, John
Contributor: Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Economics, Economics
Belongs to series: Working Papers - 487
ISSN: 0357-4598
ISBN: 951-555-769-0
Abstract: This paper investigates the effect of income inequality on health status. A model of health status was specified in which the main variables were income level, income inequality, the level of savings and the level of education. The model was estimated using a panel data set for 44 countries covering six time periods. The results indicate that income inequality (measured by the Gini coefficient) has a significant effect on health status when we control for the levels of income, savings and education. The relationship is consistent regardless of the specification of health status and income. Thus, the study results provide some empirical support for the income inequality hypothesis.
Date: 2002
Subject: income inequality
income inequality hypothesis
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