Journal Article
No. 2015-4 | February 04, 2015
Income Inequality and Health: Evidence from Developed and Developing Countries

Abstract

We assess the effect of income inequality on life expectancy by performing separate estimations for developed and developing countries. Our empirical analysis challenges the widely held view that inequality matters more for health in richer countries than for health in poorer countries. Employing panel cointegration and conventional panel regressions, we find that income inequality slightly increases life expectancy in developed countries. By contrast, the effect on life expectancy is significantly negative in developing countries. Even though the quantitative effects are small, the contrast between the two country groups proves to be robust to modifications in measurement, specification and methodological choices.

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I14, C23

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Dierk Herzer and Peter Nunnenkamp (2015). Income Inequality and Health: Evidence from Developed and Developing Countries. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 9 (2015-4): 1–57. http://dx.doi.org/10.5018/economics-ejournal.ja.2015-4


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