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Inequality and Mortality: Long-Run Evidence from a Panel of Countries

Leigh, Andrew; Jencks, Christopher


We investigate whether changes in economic inequality affect mortality in rich countries. To answer this question we use a new source of data on income inequality: tax data on the share of pretax income going to the richest 10 percent of the population in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the US between 1903 and 2003. Although this measure is not a good proxy for inequality within the bottom half of the income...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006-08
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: Journal of Health Economics
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2006.07.003


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