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Modelling health, income and income inequality: The impact of income inequality on health and health inequality

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A framework is developed to analyse the impact of the distribution of income on individual health and health inequality, with individual health modelled as a function of income and the distribution of income. It is demonstrated that the impact of income inequality can generate non-concave health production functions resulting in a non-concave health production possibility frontier. In this context, the impact of different health policies are considered and it is argued that if the distribution of income affects individual health, any policy aimed at equalising health, which does not account for income inequality, will lead to unequal distributions of health. This is an important development given current UK government attention to reducing health inequality. © 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wildman J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Health Economics

Year: 2003

Volume: 22

Issue: 4

Pages: 521-538

ISSN (print): 0167-6296

ISSN (electronic): 1879-1646

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/S0167-6296(03)00003-1

PubMed id: 12842313


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