Contents of the volume

2017, Volume 70 - Issue 4

ISSN: 2499-8265
RSS feed citation: At RePEc
Publication date: 20 October 2017

SECULAR STAGNATION: IS IT IN THE DATA?

Dimitris Kirikos

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INCOME INEQUALITY AND GROWTH: NEW INSIGHTS FROM ITALY

Bernard Njindan Iyke, Sin-Yu HO

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FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENTS, EXPORTS, UNEMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE NEW EU MEMBERS – A PANEL DATA APPROACH

Nicholaos Dritsakis, Pavlos Stamatiou

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IS REAL DEPRECIATION OR MORE GOVERNMENT DEBT CONTRACTIONARY? THE CASE OF ROMANIA

Yu Hsing

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HEDGE FUNDS: A POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

Cameron J. Gable, Shalendra Sharma

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REASSESSING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF PUBLIC FINANCES IN POLAND: EVIDENCE FROM A MULTICOINTEGRATION APPROACH

Marco Tronzano

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THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN INCOME INEQUALITY AND HEALTH IN ADVANCED COUNTRIES

Stephen Foreman

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Genoa Chamber of Commerce
Economia Internazionale / International Economics

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Stephen FOREMAN, Crimea State Medical University, Department of Social Medicine, Crimea, Ukraine and Robert Morris University, Department of Economics, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

The Association between Income Inequality and Health in Advanced Countries

Pages

527-540

Abstract

This paper uses fixed effects time series cross section models to assess the impact of income distributions, wealth, education, health care spending, sanitation and public health on health across 34 high income countries over 15 years. The study employs several measures of health including survival to age 65 and neonatal and adult mortality. We compare the Gini coefficient as a measure of income inequality with a measure that incorporates income shares of high and low income segments of the population, the Palma ratio. We evaluate the effect size of the variables’ correlation with health to assess the level of the relative importance of the relationship between income inequality and health. We control for income, education, employment, technology and other variables to isolate the association between income inequality and health. Our findings indicate that income distribution in advanced countries may have an independent impact on health. The greater the share of national income earned by the poorest 40% of the population (and the lower the share of the richest 10%) the greater the odds of survival to age 65 and the lower neonatal and adult mortality rates. The effect size for survival to 65 is small but the effect size for reduced neonatal and adult mortality is substantial.

JEL classification

D63, I14

Keywords

Gini Coefficient, Health, Income Distribution, Inequality, Palma Ratio

Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Methodology and data
  3. Findings
  4. Conclusions and limitations

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