Changing health inequality in China: The role of relative income

Zhuo Chen, Steven T. Yen, David B. Eastwood

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This paper utilizes two cross-sections of the China Health and Nutrition Survey to estimate and decompose the income-related inequality in self-assessed health status. The increased level of income has outweighed the increased inequality in income, and disparities in access to education have contributed to increases in inequality. Ordinal probit estimates support the relative income hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInvesting in Human Capital for Economic Development in China
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9789812814425
ISBN (Print)9812814418, 9789812814418
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • Health inequality
  • Relative income

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics,Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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