Health Inequalities by Education, Income, and Wealth: A Comparison of 11 European Countries and the US

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Hendrik Jürges

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Date Written: December 2006

Abstract

I compare education-, income-, and wealth-related health inequality using data from 11 European countries and the US. The health distributions in the US, England and France are relatively unequal independent of the stratifying variable, while Switzerland or Austria always have relatively equal distributions. Some countries such as Italy dramatically change ranks depending on the stratifying variable.

Keywords: Socioeconomic inequality in health, concentration index, cross-country analysis

JEL Classification: I12, I21, J14

Suggested Citation

Jürges, Hendrik, Health Inequalities by Education, Income, and Wealth: A Comparison of 11 European Countries and the US (December 2006). Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 1, No. 5, 2008, MEA Discussion Paper No. 140-07, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1445343

Hendrik Jürges (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA) ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

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