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Race and Health Disparities Among Seniors in Urban Areas in Brazil

45 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2005  

Antonio J. Trujillo

University of Central Florida

John A. Vernon

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

John A. Vernon

University of Connecticut - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Laura Rodriguez Wong

CEDEPLAR/UFMG

Gustavo Angeles

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - College of Health

Date Written: October 2005

Abstract

White seniors report better health than Black seniors in urban areas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This is the case even after controlling for baseline health conditions and several demographic, socio-economic and family support characteristics. Furthermore, adjusted racial disparities in self-reported health are larger than the disparities found using alternative measures of functional health. Our empirical research in this paper suggests that the two most important factors driving racial disparities in health among seniors (in our sample) are historical differences in rural living conditions and current income. Present economic conditions are more relevant to racial disparities among poor seniorsthan among rich seniors. Moreover, racial differences in health not attributable to observable characteristics are more important when comparing individuals in the upper half of the income distribution.

Suggested Citation

Trujillo, Antonio J. and Vernon, John A., Race and Health Disparities Among Seniors in Urban Areas in Brazil (October 2005). NBER Working Paper No. w11690. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=823985

Antonio J. Trujillo (Contact Author)

University of Central Florida ( email )

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United States

John A. Vernon

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill ( email )

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Chapel Hill, NC NC 27514
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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John A. Vernon

University of Connecticut - Department of Finance ( email )

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Laura Rodriguez Wong

CEDEPLAR/UFMG

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Belo Horizonte
30170-120 Minas Gerais
Brazil

Gustavo Angeles

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - College of Health

102 Ridge Road
Chapel Hill, NC NC 27514
United States

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