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Title: Essays on economics and demography
Authors: Waldmann, Robert J.
Tacke, Tilman
Keywords: income distribution
infant mortality
health care expenditure
Issue Date: 22-Sep-2009
Abstract: Chapter 1 indicates the relevancy of the share of national income concentrated among a country's richest 20% for health outcomes of the lowest three quintiles of the income distribution independent of their personal absolute income. A comparison of 93 countries suggests that the income distance between an individual and the people the individual directly observes at work or in the neighborhood might not be the only form of relative deprivation, but that the distance to the wealthy might matter as well. The results are not caused by the distribution of absolute income: previous research has shown that the level of GDP per capita is the single most important determinant of health outcomes (see Prichett and Summers, 1996), which our results confirm. The chapter discusses possible explanations for the link between income distribution and health outcomes. Suggestions for two explanations are found: public disinvestment in human capital in countries where income is unequally distributed and ...
Description: 22. ciclo
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2108/1146
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