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Health Inequality: Evidence from Russia

Student: Daria Kiriagina

Supervisor: Ekaterina Aleksandrova

Faculty: St.Petersburg School of Economics and Management

Educational Programme: Economics (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2018

This paper studies the socio-economic related health inequality in self-assessed health among russian population using the cross-sectional data from 2016 year RLMS (Russia Longitudinal Monitor Survey). The impact of health characteristics as well as the socio-economic determinants such as education, region, marital status, occupation on health inequality was shown. The concentration curve was derived for the whole sample and for men and women separately. It was found out that there is pro-rich area among poorest 20% of respondents. The regression-based concentration index was estimated. The fact that ill-health outcome is more concentrated among poor respondents is proved. The decomposition of the concentration index is performed. It was found out that the inequality in employment status has a great impact on magnitude of health inequality. The significant negative contribution from education was also shown. By contrast, living in North-Caucasian federal region of Russia has a positive contribution to health inequality.

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