Title
Measuring socio-economic inequality in ill-health using permanent income Measuring socio-economic inequality in ill-health using permanent income
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
report
Publication
Antwerpen :UFSIA, [*]
Subject
Economics
Source (series)
Research paper / UA, Faculty of Applied Economics UFSIA-RUCA ; 2001:3
Volume/pages
27 p.,
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In Belgium, income-related inequality in ill-health seems to favour the rich, meaning that the rich are generally in better health than the poor are. Restricting the analysis to subsamples of the Belgian population, slightly modifies the conclusion, i.e. there is no income-related inequality in ill-health among the 65+. Since it is not clear whether the absence in inequality stems from the limited variation in the income of the 65+ (because of welfare benefits) or whether it truly reflects reality, I did the analysis over again using estimates of permanent income instead of income. It turned out that inequality among the 65+ remained very limited indeed, yet robustness checks pointed to the fragility of the results.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/a6c4fa/7c5fb30b.pdf
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