On social polarization and ordinal variables: the case of self-assessed health

@article{Fusco2013OnSP,
  title={On social polarization and ordinal variables: the case of self-assessed health},
  author={Alessio Fusco and Jacques Silber},
  journal={The European Journal of Health Economics},
  year={2013},
  volume={15},
  pages={841-851}
}
Social polarization refers to the measurement of the distance between different social groups, defined on the basis of variables such as race, religion, or ethnicity. We propose two approaches to measuring social polarization in the case where the distance between groups is based on an ordinal variable, such as self-assessed health status. The first one, the ‘stratification approach’, amounts to assessing the degree of non-overlapping of the distributions of the ordinal variable between the… CONTINUE READING
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