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Income inequality and mental health: empirical evidence from Australia

Bechtel, Lucy, Lordan, Grace and Rao, D. S. Prasada (2012) Income inequality and mental health: empirical evidence from Australia. Health Economics, 21 (S1). pp. 4-17. ISSN 1057-9230

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Abstract

The causal association between absolute income and health is well-established; however, the relationship between income inequality and health is not. The conclusions from the received studies vary across the region or country studied and/or the methodology employed. Using the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia panel survey, this paper investigates the relationship between mental health and inequality in Australia. A variety of income inequality indices are calculated to test both the income inequality and relative deprivation hypotheses. We find that mental health is only adversely affected by the presence of relative deprivation to a very small degree. In addition, we do not find support for the income inequality hypothesis. Importantly, our results are robust to a number of sensitivity analyses

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: N - Economic History > N3 - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income, and Wealth
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2012 08:55
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/42117/

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