Income, relative income, and self-reported health in Britain 1979-2000.

@article{Gravelle2009IncomeRI,
  title={Income, relative income, and self-reported health in Britain 1979-2000.},
  author={Hugh Gravelle and Matt Sutton},
  journal={Health economics},
  year={2009},
  volume={18 2},
  pages={125-45}
}
We test the relative income hypothesis that an individual's health depends on the distribution of income in a reference group, as well as on the income of the individual. We use data on 231 208 individuals in Great Britain from 19 rounds of the General Household Survey between 1979 and 2000. Results are insensitive to the measure of self-assessed health used but the sign and significance of the effect of relative income depend on the reference group (national or regional) and the measure of… CONTINUE READING

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