Does inequality in self-assessed health predict inequality in survival by income? Evidence from Swedish data.

@article{Doorslaer2003DoesII,
  title={Does inequality in self-assessed health predict inequality in survival by income? Evidence from Swedish data.},
  author={E K A van Doorslaer and Ulf G. Gerdtham},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2003},
  volume={57 9},
  pages={1621-9}
}
This paper empirically addresses two questions using a large, individual-level Swedish data set which links mortality data to health survey data. The first question is whether there is an effect of an individual's self-assessed health (SAH) on his subsequent survival probability and if this effect differs by socioeconomic factors. Our results indicate that the effect of SAH on mortality risk declines with age-probably because of adjustment towards 'milder' overall health evaluations at higher… CONTINUE READING

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