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Health and income inequality: Attempting to avoid the aggregation problem

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Attempts to test the relative deprivation hypothesis, that income inequality affects individual health, are subject to the aggregation problem. Waldmann (Quarterly Journal of Economics 107, 1992) ingeniously attempts to overcome the difficulty by using income data for the poor and the share of income accruing to the rich. The study finds that his results do not hold for a more recent data set and it suggests that his method may not overcome the aggregation problem.

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Author(s): Wildman J, Gravelle H, Sutton M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Applied Economics

Year: 2003

Volume: 35

Issue: 9

Pages: 999-1004

ISSN (print): 0003-6846

ISSN (electronic): 1466-4283

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/0003684032000056805


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