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No 334:
Income-Related Inequality in Life-Years and Quality-Adjusted Life-Years

Ulf-G. Gerdtham and Magnus Johannesson ()

Abstract: We estimate the income-related inequality in Sweden with respect to life-years and quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs). We use a large data-set from Sweden with over 40,000 individuals followed up for 10-16 years, to estimate the survival and quality-adjusted survival in different income groups. For both life-years and QALYs we discover inequalities in health favouring the higher income groups. For men (women) in the youngest age-group (20-29 years) the number of QALYs is 43.7 (45.7) in the lowest income decile and 47.2 (49.0) in the highest income decile.

Keywords: Health inequality; income; mortality; QALYs; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: D30; I10; I12; (follow links to similar papers)

27 pages, September 28, 1999

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Gerdtham, Ulf-G. and Magnus Johannesson, 'Income-Related Inequality in Life-Years and Quality-Adjusted Life-Years', Journal of Health Economics.



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