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The Evolution of Income-Related Health Inequalities in Switzerland over Time

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dc.creator Leu, Robert E.
dc.creator Schellhorn, Martin
dc.date 2004
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-16T07:11:28Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-16T07:11:28Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-16
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20616
dc.identifier ppn:47441101X
dc.identifier.uri http://koha.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10419/20616
dc.description This paper presents new evidence on income-related health inequality and its development over time in Switzerland. We employ the methods lined out in van Doorslaer and Jones (2003) and van Doorslaer and Koolman (2004) measuring health using an interval regression approach to compute concentration indices and decomposing inequality into its determining factors. Nationally representative survey data for 1982, 1992, 1997 and 2002 are used to carry out the analysis. Looking at each of the four years separately the results indicates the usual positive relationship between income and health, but the distribution is among the least unequal in Europe. No clear trend emerges in the evolution of the inequality indices over the two decades. Inequality is somewhat lower in 1982 and 1992 as compared to 1997 and 2002 but the differences are not significant. The most important contributors to health inequality are income, education and activity status, in particular retirement. Regional differences including the widely varying health care supply, by contrast, do not exert any systematic influence.
dc.language eng
dc.relation IZA Discussion paper series 1346
dc.rights http://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen
dc.subject I12
dc.subject I10
dc.subject D32
dc.subject ddc:330
dc.subject inequalities in health
dc.subject concentration index
dc.subject decomposition analysis
dc.subject Gesundheitsversorgung
dc.subject Einkommensverteilung
dc.subject Soziale Gerechtigkeit
dc.subject Schätzung
dc.subject Schweiz
dc.title The Evolution of Income-Related Health Inequalities in Switzerland over Time
dc.type doc-type:workingPaper

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