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Abstract : This paper tests for income-related reporting heterogeneity in self-assessed health SAH. It also constructs a synthetic measure of clinical health to decompose the effect of income on SAH into an effect on clinical health which is called a health production effect and a reporting heterogeneity effect. We find health production effects essentially for low-income individuals, and reporting heterogeneity for the choice between the medium labels i.e. -fair- vs. -good- and for high-income individuals. As such, SAH should be used cautiously for the assessment of income-related health inequalities in France. It is however possible to minimize the reporting heterogeneity bias by converting SAH into a binary variable for poor health versus other health statuses.

Keywords : subjective health generalized probit model





Author: Fabrice Etilé - Carine Milcent -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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