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Social Indicators Research

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First Online: 10 January 2017Accepted: 03 January 2017DOI: 10.1007-s11205-017-1558-8

Cite this article as: Costa-Font, J., Hernandez-Quevedo, C. & Sato, A. Soc Indic Res 2017. doi:10.1007-s11205-017-1558-8


The distribution of income related health inequalities appears to exhibit changing patterns when both developing countries and developed countries are examined. This paper tests for the existence of a health Kuznets’ curve; that is, an inverse U-shape pattern between economic developments as measured by GDP per capita and income-related health inequalities as measured by concentration indices. We draw upon both cross sectional the World Health Survey and a long longitudinal the European Community Household Panel survey dataset. Our results suggest evidence of a health Kuznets’ curve on per capita income. We find a polynomial association where inequalities decline when GDP per capita reaches a magnitude ranging between $26,000 and $38,700. That is, income-related health inequalities rise with GDP per capita, but tail off once a threshold level of economic development has been attained.

KeywordsConcentration indices Self-reported health Health inequalities Kuznets’ curve Income related health inequalities JEL ClassificationI18 O1 I3  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Joan Costa-Font - Cristina Hernandez-Quevedo - Azusa Sato

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/

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