Siegel, Martin (2012) Measuring variations in health inequalities: Semiparametric modeling of the concentration index. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.
This thesis introduces a new econometric approach to measure variations in health inequalities with respect to some other continuous or discrete explanatory variable. The proposed model combines the well-established concentration index with the smooth coefficient model to a semiparametric inequality index. Data on income, self-assessed health, obesity, hypertension, diabetes and smoking behavior are analyzed. Community deprivation is assessed using a German Index of Multiple Deprivation. The results suggest that income-related inequalities to the detriment of the economically deprived households exist in Germany. While this holds for health status in almost all age groups, smoking only concentrates among the worse-off households in younger cohorts. Smoking apparantly changed from a pro-rich towards a pro-poor habit over the twentieth century. While individual income and community deprivation are similarly associated to individual health, income-related health inequalities do not vary with community deprivation.
|Item Type: ||Thesis (PhD thesis)|
|Subjects: ||Social sciences|
Medical sciences Medicine
|Uncontrolled Keywords: |
|semiparametric estimation, concentration index, health inequalities, regional deprivation, income inequalities, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, smoking behavior||English|
|Faculty: ||Wirtschafts- u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät|
|Divisions: ||Wirtschafts- u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Seminar für Wirtschafts- und Sozialstatistik|
|Date Type: ||Publication|
|Date of oral exam: ||16 July 2012|
|Full Text Status: ||Public|
|Date Deposited: ||03 Sep 2012 14:59|
|Mosler, Karl||Prof. Dr.|
|Lüngen, Markus||Prof. Dr.|
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