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Studies in the area of health economics and public health have shown that low socioeconomic status (SES) and poverty are related to lower levels of health. Attempts to explain these differences have often made reference to the observation that poor health behaviours cluster in low SES respectively poverty groups. However, relatively little attention has been paid to the defining concept of SES and its appropriate measurement. Therefore data from the German Socio-Economic Panel are used to analyse the relationship between two multidimensional measurements to describe a) poverty respectively b) a low SES and health behaviour, including dietary behaviour, weight status and health behaviour ingeneral. This study shows that both multidimensional indicators allow identifying an inverse relationship between low SES respectively poverty and several types of health behaviour. However, comparing both indicators it is evident that individuals may be affected by povertyin different ways which has various effects on their health behaviour. Additionally, future research should focus not only on multidimensional poverty measurements but also on dynamic effects.

Keywords: poverty ; social inequality ; diet ; BMI ; health behaviour

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Consumer/Household Economics

Demand and Price Analysis

Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety

Food Security and Poverty

Health Economics and Policy

Issue Date: 2010

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/116401

Total Pages: 24

JEL Codes: I1; I3

Record appears in: European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) > 115th Joint EAAE/AAEA Seminar, September 15-17, 2010, Freising-Weihenstephan, Germany





Autor: Aue, Katja ; Roosen, Jutta

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/116401?ln=en







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