Click here for search results
Causes of inequality in health : who are you? where do you live? or who your parents were?
 
Author:Wagstaf, Adam; Paci, Pierella; Joshi, Heather; Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper series ; no. WPS 2713
Country:United Kingdom; Date Stored:2001/12/17
Document Date:2001/11/30Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Regional Rural Development; Housing & Human Habitats; Gender and Health; Health Systems Development & Reform; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Disease Control & Prevention; Public Health Promotion; Early Child and Children's Health; Agricultural Knowledge and Information SystemsLanguage:English
Major Sector:(Historic)Health, Nutrition & PopulationRegion:Europe and Central Asia
Report Number:WPS2713Sub Sectors:Reform and Financing
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: Data from the British National Child Development Study show that, among 33-year-olds, ill health (as measured by cardinalized responses to a question on self-assessed health) is concentrated among the worse off. The authors seek to decompose the inequalities in health status into their socioeconomic causes. In this decomposition, inequalities in health status depend on inequalities in each of the underlying determinants of health and on the elasticities of health status with respect to each of these determinants. The authors estimate these elasticities using regression models that allow for unobserved heterogeneity at the community level. They find that inequalities in unobserved community-level influences account for only 6 percent of health inequality, and inequalities in parental education and social class for only 4 percent. Inequalities in income and housing tenure account for most health inequality, though inequalities in educational attainment and in math scores at age seven also play a part.

Official Documents
Official, scanned versions of documents (may include signatures, etc.)
File TypeDescriptionFile Size (mb)
PDF 26 pagesOfficial version*1.82 (approx.)
TextText version**
How To Order
Light-Weight Documents
Lighter (less MB) documents which may or may not be the final, official version
File TypeDescriptionFile Size (mb)
PDF 20 pagesWPS27130.07

* The official version is derived from scanning the final, paper copy of the document and is the official,
archived version including all signatures, charts, etc.
** The text version is the OCR text of the final scanned version and is not an accurate representation of the final text.
It is provided solely to benefit users with slow connectivity.



Permanent URL for this page: http://go.worldbank.org/PNYDTAKDM0