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Overcrowding and Indigenous health in Australia

CollectionsANU Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
Title: Overcrowding and Indigenous health in Australia
Author(s): Booth, Alison L
Carroll, Nick
Keywords: self-assessed health
Indigenous health
Date published: 2005
Series/Report no.: Discussion Paper no.498
We use unique survey data from the 2001 National Health Survey to examine the association between overcrowding and the self-assessed health of Indigenous and non- Indigenous Australians. Our goal is to determine whether or not overcrowding explains why the Indigenous population has worse health than the non-Indigenous population. We find that, after we control for a number of factors, overcrowding of adults (i) appears to be associated with worse health and (ii) explains approximately 30% of the health gap between the Indigenous population living in remote areas and the non-Indigenous population.


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