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
Date Written: December 2007
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
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