Mutual influences of health and poverty. Evidence from German panel data.
While a large body of literature is concerned with the interplay of health and poverty in developing countries, comparable studies for developed countries are rare.
Using data drawn from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), this paper investigates the relationships between changes in relative income poverty, income changes and health-related quality of life in Germany, i.e. in an environment with nominally equal access to medical care, education and social security.
A fundamental five-dimensional health concept is introduced and tested for its empirical performance.
The background of the causal analysis is formed by two hypotheses, one regarding low income as a possible cause for poor health (prevention hypothesis) and the other assuming the opposite causal direction (deprivation hypothesis).
By means of a descriptive analysis and a structural equations model, the existence of a more complex relational web between health and poverty is demonstrated.
Mots-clés Pascal : Pauvreté, Revenu individuel, Epidémiologie, Qualité vie, Santé, Homme, Modèle équation structurale, Changement social, Allemagne, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Poverty, Personal income, Epidemiology, Quality of life, Health, Human, Structural equation modeling, Social change, Germany, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0431871
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 19/12/1997.