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J Health Econ. 2003 Mar;22(2):295-312.

Income related inequalities in mental health in Great Britain: analysing the causes of health inequality over time.

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Economics, The Ridley Building, University of Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK. j.r.wildman@ncl.ac.uk

Abstract

Using regression techniques this paper estimates the level of income related health inequality in GB in 1992 and 1998. Inequality is decomposed to investigate which socio-demographic factors are important contributors to health differences. The paper includes a range of measured and subjective income variables to control for absolute income. A relative deprivation measure is included to test the impact of income inequality on health inequality. It is found that subjective financial status is a major determinant of ill-health and makes a major contribution to income related inequalities in health. Relative deprivation is an important contributor for women but not for men.

PMID:
12606147
DOI:
10.1016/S0167-6296(02)00101-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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