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Measuring variations in health inequalities: Semiparametric modeling of the concentration index

Siegel, Martin (2012) Measuring variations in health inequalities: Semiparametric modeling of the concentration index. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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    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)
    Siegel, Martinmartin_siegel@arcor.de
    URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-48290
    Subjects: Social sciences
    General statistics
    Medical sciences Medicine
    Uncontrolled Keywords:
    semiparametric estimation, concentration index, health inequalities, regional deprivation, income inequalities, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, smoking behaviorEnglish
    Faculty: Wirtschafts- u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Divisions: Wirtschafts- u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Seminar für Wirtschafts- und Sozialstatistik
    Language: English
    Date: 2012
    Date Type: Publication
    Date of oral exam: 16 July 2012
    Full Text Status: Public
    Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2012 14:59:05
    NameAcademic Title
    Mosler, KarlProf. Dr.
    Lüngen, MarkusProf. Dr.
    URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/4829

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