The book includes discussion of the definitions and measurement of objective and subjective health and income inequality, and illustrates how various measures have been developed in different countries. Main conclusions from the literature are then summarized and discussed critically. It incorporates a substantial research overview of the field, as well as a detailed debate of the empirical challenges that arise during research. The book concludes that results are surprisingly contradictory, but that several studies have found that higher inequality is directly linked to lower subjective well-being.
Students and scholars in public health, social work, economics, and sociology will find this book an essential exposition of conceptual issues and empirical methods applied to the controversial topic of the health consequences of inequality.
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Number of pages: 168
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'A terrific analysis of one of the big questions in social science. This engaging book distils the wisdom of hundreds of academic studies, while doing justice to the complexity of the issues.' --Andrew Leigh, Economist and Australian Parliamentarian
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