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A 'Health Kuznets' curve'? Cross-country and longitudinal evidence

Costa-i-Font, Joan, Hernandez-Quevedo, Christina and Sato, Azusa (2013) A 'Health Kuznets' curve'? Cross-country and longitudinal evidence. CESifo working paper, no. 4446. CESifo Group, Munich, Germany.

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Abstract

The distribution of health inequalities appears to exhibit a different pattern when samples of developing countries are examined. One explanation is the existence of a health Kuznets’ curve. This paper sets out as an exploratory analysis to test the latter hypothesis of an inverse U shape pattern between both economic and health development and income inequalities in health. We draw upon two rich datasets and we use two measures of health, self -reported health and Body Mass Index (BMI). Our results are suggestive of a socioeconomic health Kuznets' curve on self-reported health but not on BMI. We find robust evidence of both cross country and time series heterogeneity which display a turning point of GDP per capita varying between US $26,000 -38,200.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.cesifo-group.de/portal/page/portal/ifoH...
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I30 - General
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O10 - General
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: no. 4446
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2013 15:20
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/54281/

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