Education-Related Inequity in Health Care with Heterogeneous Reporting of Health
28 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2011
Date Written: November 10, 2010
Reliance on self‐rated health to proxy medical need can bias estimation of education‐related inequity in health care utilization. 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 favoring 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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