Health, Wealth and Inequality: A Contribution to the Debate About the Relationship between Inequality and Health
Scott Alan Carson
University of Texas of the Permian Basin; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)
CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2256
The relationship between material inequality and health is the subject of considerable debate, and may depend on how the relationship is defined. This paper uses stature as its measure for cumulative health outcomes to illustrate that the 19th century relationship between material inequality and health was negative; greater average state wealth was associated with taller individual statures. The paper also proposes and supports a bio-spatial relationship between the environment and stature.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 37
JEL Classification: I12, I31, I32working papers series
Date posted: March 19, 2008
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