Beware of Unawareness: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Awareness of Chronic Diseases

52 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2010 Last revised: 14 Dec 2010

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Pinka Chatterji

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Heesoo Joo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kajal Lahiri

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

Date Written: December 2010

Abstract

This paper studies racial/ethnic disparities in awareness of chronic diseases using biomarker data from the 2006 HRS. We estimate a 3-step sequential probit model which accounts for selection into: (1) participating in biomarker collection; (2) having illness (hypertension or diabetes); (3) being aware of illness. Contrary to studies reporting that African-Americans are more aware of having hypertension than non-Latino whites, we do not find this conclusion holds after self-selection and severity are considered. Likewise, African-Americans and Latinos are less aware of having diabetes compared to non-Latino whites. Disparities in unawareness are exacerbated when we limit the sample to untreated respondents.

Suggested Citation

Chatterji, Pinka and Joo, Heesoo and Lahiri, Kajal, Beware of Unawareness: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Awareness of Chronic Diseases (December 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w16578. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1719938

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