nep-hea New Economics Papers
on Health Economics
Issue of 2008‒09‒05
two papers chosen by
Yong Yin
SUNY at Buffalo, USA

  1. Combating Under-five Mortality in Africa By Audrey Verdier-Chouchane
  2. Longitudinal analysis of income-related health inequality By Paul Allanson; Ulf-G Gerdtham; Dennis Petrie

  1. By: Audrey Verdier-Chouchane
    Abstract: Reducing under-five mortality rates in Africa by two-thirds is urgent. HIV-AIDS, malaria, lack of basic health services and conflict are hampering progress. Preventable diseases take a heavy toll on the under-fives. Preventing the deaths of children is a matter of political will.
    Date: 2008–04
  2. By: Paul Allanson; Ulf-G Gerdtham; Dennis Petrie
    Abstract: This paper considers the characterisation and measurement of income-related health inequality using longitudinal data. The paper elucidates the nature of the Jones and Lopez Nicholas (2004) index of “health-related income mobility” and explains the negative values of the index that have been reported in all the empirical applications to date. The paper further questions the value of their index to health policymakers and proposes an alternative index of “income-related health mobility” that measures whether the pattern of health changes is biased in favour of those with initially high or low incomes. We illustrate our work by investigating mobility in the General Health Questionnaire measure of psychological well-being over the first nine waves of the British Household Panel Survey from 1991 to 1999.
    Keywords: income-related health inequality, mobility analysis, longitudinal data
    JEL: D39 D63 I18
    Date: 2008–08

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