Income-related reporting heterogeneity inself-assessed health: Evidence from France

Abstract : This paper tests for income-related reporting heterogeneity in self-assessed health (SAH). It also constructs a synthetic measure of clinical health to decompose the effect of income on SAH into an effect on clinical health (which is called a health production effect) and a reporting heterogeneity effect. We find health production effects essentially for low-income individuals, and reporting heterogeneity for the choice between the medium labels, i.e. 'fair' vs 'good' and for high-income individuals. As such, SAH should be used cautiously for the assessment of income-related health inequalities in France. It is however possible to minimize the reporting heterogeneity bias by converting SAH into a binary variable for poor health vs other health statuses.
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Fabrice Etilé, Carine Milcent. Income-related reporting heterogeneity inself-assessed health: Evidence from France. Health Economics, Wiley, 2006, 15 (9), pp.965-981. ⟨10.1002/hec.1164⟩. ⟨halshs-00754133⟩

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