Inadequate Bivariate Measures of Health Inequality: The Impact of Income Distribution

11 Pages Posted: 16 May 2012

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Kjell Arne Brekke

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Snorre Kverndokk

Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research

Date Written: June 2012

Abstract

Bivariate measures of health inequality are influenced by changes in two variables: health and a socioeconomic variable, such as income. For these measures, what is reported as an increase in health inequality might just as well be a reduction in income inequality. In particular, several papers have found that socioeconomic health inequalities in Nordic countries are no less than in other European countries. The correct interpretation could just be that income inequality is no higher in Nordic countries than in the rest of Europe. The problem is especially profound when the causality is running from health to income.

Keywords: Bivariate inequality measures, egalitarian countries, health inequality, income inequality, socioeconomic status

JEL Classification: D31, I12

Suggested Citation

Brekke, Kjell Arne and Kverndokk, Snorre, Inadequate Bivariate Measures of Health Inequality: The Impact of Income Distribution (June 2012). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 114, Issue 2, pp. 323-333, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2060814 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2011.01691.x

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Snorre Kverndokk

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