Decomposing World Health Inequality

Posted: 22 Sep 2003

See all articles by Menno Prasad Pradhan

Menno Prasad Pradhan

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics; University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)

David E. Sahn

Cornell University

Stephen D. Younger

Tulane University - CEQ Institute

Abstract

This study explores global inequality in health status and decomposes it into within- and between-country inequality. We rely on standardized height as our health indicator since it avoids the measurement pitfalls of more traditional measures of health such as morbidity, mortality, and life expectancy. It also avoids measurement problems associated with using monetary variables such as income or expenditure across time or place to compare welfare. Our calculation of world height inequality indicates that, in contrast with similar research on income inequality, within-country variation is the source of most inequality, rather than the differences between countries.

Keywords: Health, Inequality

JEL Classification: D63, I10, I32

Suggested Citation

Pradhan, Menno and Sahn, David E. and Younger, Stephen D., Decomposing World Health Inequality. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=433321

Menno Pradhan

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics ( email )

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University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) ( email )

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David E. Sahn (Contact Author)

Cornell University ( email )

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Stephen D. Younger

Tulane University - CEQ Institute ( email )

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New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

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