Income-Related Health Disparity and its Determinants in New York State: Racial/Ethnic and Geographical Comparisons

TOWARD EQUITY IN HEALTH: A NEW GLOBAL APPROACH TO HEALTH DISPARITIES, Barbara C. Wallace, Ph.D., ed., Springer Publications, Forthcoming

52 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2007

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Kajal Lahiri

State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, College of Arts and Sciences, Economics

Zulkarnain Pulungan

State University of New York - Economics

Abstract

Using self-assessed health status together with several indicators of individual morbidity and socio-demographic characteristics, we study the quality of health and income related health disparity in five racial/ethnic groups as well as across 17 geographic areas of New York State. The American Indian/Alaskan Natives and Hispanics are found to do the worst, whereas, geographically, the North Country in Upstate New York and Bronx County in Downstate score the worst on both counts. Three major contributing factors to income related health disparity are found to be household income, employment status, and education. However, the contribution of each of these determinants varies significantly among racial/ethnic groups as well as across geographic areas, suggesting targeted public policy initiatives to eliminate health disparity between rich and poor.

Keywords: BRFSS data, Self-assessed health, Ordered Probit, Income related health inequality, Concentration index, Concentration curve, Decomposition analysis

JEL Classification: C25, D63, I12, I18, J15

Suggested Citation

Lahiri, Kajal and Pulungan, Zulkarnain, Income-Related Health Disparity and its Determinants in New York State: Racial/Ethnic and Geographical Comparisons. TOWARD EQUITY IN HEALTH: A NEW GLOBAL APPROACH TO HEALTH DISPARITIES, Barbara C. Wallace, Ph.D., ed., Springer Publications, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1006626

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Zulkarnain Pulungan

State University of New York - Economics ( email )

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