Health Inequality

Health differs dramatically across socioeconomic groups. Even in the Netherlands, a country that celebrates its egalitarian principles, the higher educated can expect to live 6-7 years longer than their lower educated compatriots. Our research aims to document the extent of such disparities and to advance understanding of their causes. We derive inequality measures and survey methods that allow health to be compared across population sub-groups. We explain health inequalities through decompositions and estimate causal impacts of wealth and education on health. We also develop methods for the measurement and evaluation of inequity in the distribution of healthcare.

Key publications

  • Bijwaard, G.E., H. van Kippersluis, and J. Veenman (2015). Education and Health: The Role of Cognitive Ability. Journal of Health Economics, 42: 29-43.
  • Garcia Gomez P.Schokkaert E., Van Ourti T., Bago d’Uva T. (2015). Inequity in the face of death. Health Economics, 24(10): 1348-1367
  • Bago d’Uva, T., Lindeboom, M., O’Donnell, O., and E. Van Doorslaer (2011). Slipping Anchor? Testing the Vignettes Approach to Identification and Correction of Reporting Heterogeneity. Journal of Human Resources, 46(4): 872-903
  • Van Kippersluis, H., O. O'Donnell, and E. Van Doorslaer (2011). Long Run Returns to Education: Does Schooling Lead to an Extended Old Age? Journal of Human Resources, 46(4): 695-721.
  • Erreygers G., Van Ourti T. (2011). Measuring socioeconomic inequality in health, health care and health financing by means of rank-dependent indices: a recipe for good practice. Journal of Health Economics, 30(4): 685-694.