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Race and Health Disparities Among Seniors in Urban Areas in Brazil


Antonio J. Trujillo


University of Central Florida

John A. Vernon


University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

John A. Vernon


University of Connecticut - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Laura Rodriguez Wong


CEDEPLAR/UFMG

Gustavo Angeles


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - College of Health

October 2005

NBER Working Paper No. w11690

Abstract:     
White seniors report better health than Black seniors in urban areas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This is the case even after controlling for baseline health conditions and several demographic, socio-economic and family support characteristics. Furthermore, adjusted racial disparities in self-reported health are larger than the disparities found using alternative measures of functional health. Our empirical research in this paper suggests that the two most important factors driving racial disparities in health among seniors (in our sample) are historical differences in rural living conditions and current income. Present economic conditions are more relevant to racial disparities among poor seniorsthan among rich seniors. Moreover, racial differences in health not attributable to observable characteristics are more important when comparing individuals in the upper half of the income distribution.

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Date posted: December 16, 2005  

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Trujillo, Antonio J. and Vernon, John A. and Vernon, John A. and Wong, Laura Rodriguez and Angeles, Gustavo, Race and Health Disparities Among Seniors in Urban Areas in Brazil (October 2005). NBER Working Paper No. w11690. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=823985

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Antonio J. Trujillo (Contact Author)
University of Central Florida ( email )
Department of Health Professions
HPA-2, Rm 210-L
Orlando, FL 32816-2200
United States
John A. Vernon
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill ( email )
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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John A. Vernon
University of Connecticut - Department of Finance ( email )
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Laura Rodriguez Wong
CEDEPLAR/UFMG
Rua Curitiba, 832, 9 andar
Belo Horizonte
30170-120 Minas Gerais
Brazil
Gustavo Angeles
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - College of Health
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
United States
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