Education-Related Inequity in Health Care with Heterogeneous Reporting of Health
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 10-122/3
29 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2010
Date Written: December 7, 2010
Reliance on self-rated health to proxy medical need can bias estimation of education-related inequity in health care utilisation. We correct this bias both by instrumenting self-rated health with objective health indicators and by purging self-rated health of reporting heterogeneity identified from health vignettes. Using data on elderly Europeans, we find that instrumenting self-rated health shifts the distribution of doctor visits in the direction of inequality favouring the better educated. There is a further, and typically larger, shift the same direction when correction is made for the tendency of the better educated to rate their health more negatively.
Keywords: Health Care, Health, Equity, Reporting Heterogeneity, Vignettes
JEL Classification: C35, C42, I12
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