Distributional analysis of the role of breadth and persistence of multiple deprivation in the health gradient measured by biomarkers

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Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics

Event details

ACDE Trade & Development Seminars

Date & time

Tuesday 13 November 2018
2.00pm–3.30pm

Venue

Hedley Bull Centre Seminar Room 3, Hedley Bull Building 130, ANU

Speaker

Kompal Sinha, Macquarie University

Contacts

Ross McLeod, Seminar Convener

We construct measures of absolute and relative deprivation, and use these measures along with a range of nurse-measured biomarkers (BMI, C-reactive protein and HbA1c) to analyse the relationship between socioeconomic status and health, employing the unconditional quantile regression. Using British Household Panel Survey (1999-2008) and Understanding Society surveys, we find multidimensional deprivation to explain the gradient across the distribution of biomarkers beyond income, with the size of this gradient to be substantially larger for individuals with high-risk biomarker values. Interestingly, we find the observed gradient to be dominated by persistence of deprivation across time rather than by prevalence of deprivation across multiple domains. Shapley decomposition of overall deprivation reveals persistent deprivation in education and consumer durables to explain a larger part of deprivation. We also find limited evidence of relative deprivation on our set of biomarkers, with exception of BMI and heart rate.

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