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Income inequalities in unhealthy life styles in England and Spain

Costa-Font, Joan, Hernández-Quevedo, Cristina and Rubio, Dolores Jiménez (2014) Income inequalities in unhealthy life styles in England and Spain. Economics and Human Biology, 13 . pp. 66-75. ISSN 1570-677X

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Abstract

Health inequalities in developed societies are persistent. Arguably, the rising inequalities in unhealthy lifestyles might underpin these inequality patterns, yet supportive empirical evidence is scarce. We examine the patterns of inequality in unhealthy lifestyles in England and Spain, two countries that exhibit rising obesity levels with a high prevalence of smoking and alcohol use. This study is unique in that it draws from health survey data spanning over a period in which major contextual and policy changes have taken place. We document persistent income-related inequalities in obesity and smoking; both unhealthy lifestyles appear to be disproportionately concentrated among the relatively poor in recent decades. In contrast, alcohol use appears to be concentrated among richer individuals in both periods and countries examined.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ehb.2013.03.003
Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/economics-and-human-biology
Funders: Bayer Health Economics Research Award - 2011, Spanish Health Economics Association
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2013 08:19
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/49653/

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