Geographic Decomposition of Inequality in Health and Wealth: Evidence from Cambodia

SMU Economics & Statistics Working Paper No. 24-2007

31 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2007 Last revised: 23 Jul 2012

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Tomoki Fujii

Singapore Management University - School of Economics

Date Written: December 2007

Abstract

Health and wealth are found positively correlated, but whether the spatial inequality in health and wealth necessarily exhibits a similar pattern is unclear. We apply the small-area estimation technique to the estimation of inequality in consumption poverty and undernutrition. We develop a framework to compare the wealth and health inequality, and decompose each of the health and wealth inequality into the between-area and within-area components. We found that the sizable proportion of wealth inequality is determined by geography whereas health inequality is intrinsically a local phenomenon.

Keywords: inequality, health, poverty, Cambodia, decomposition

JEL Classification: D30, I12, I32

Suggested Citation

Fujii, Tomoki, Geographic Decomposition of Inequality in Health and Wealth: Evidence from Cambodia (December 2007). SMU Economics & Statistics Working Paper No. 24-2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1069475 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1069475

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