Does Insurance Expansion Alter Health Inequality and Mobility? Evidence from the Mexican Seguro Popular

44 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2018

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Joan Costa-Font

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Frank Cowell

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)

Belén Saénz de Miera Juárez

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Date Written: October 8, 2017

Abstract

The effect of insurance expansions on the distribution of health status is still a matter we know little about. This paper draws upon new measures of pure health inequality and mobility in health which accommodates categorical data to understand how an expansion of public insurance affects both inequality and mobility in health. These measures require a measure of health status that is either “upward-looking” or “downward looking”. We find that, the distribution of health worsens in Mexico between 2002 and 2009, although the change is only consistent for the upward looking definition of status. Together with the lack of mobility in health observed, we can thus conclude that Mexico is becoming more rigid over time insofar as the distribution of health status.

Keywords: Self-Reported Health, Health Inequality, Health Mobility, Health Insurance, Mexico

JEL Classification: I180

Suggested Citation

Costa-Font, Joan and Cowell, Frank A. and Saénz de Miera Juárez, Belén, Does Insurance Expansion Alter Health Inequality and Mobility? Evidence from the Mexican Seguro Popular (October 8, 2017). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6788. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3119549

Joan Costa-Font

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://https://joancostaifont.org/

Frank A. Cowell

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) ( email )

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London WC2A 2AE
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Belén Saénz de Miera Juárez (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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