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Empirical Analysis of the Income-Related Health Inequalities among Children of Russian Federation

Student: Valeriya Ivanova

Supervisor: Ekaterina Aleksandrova

Faculty: St.Petersburg School of Economics and Management

Educational Programme: Economics (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2021

Health inequality is one of the most important and pressing problems for modern society. Since health is an accumulated resource, the quality of life of a person at any age can depend on the inequality formed in childhood, which not only can deprive a person of physical and mental well-being, but also entails significant economic losses for society. That is why it is so important to lay the foundation of health for future generations. The purpose of this work is to calculate the magnitude and decomposition of inequality among children of the Russian Federation. The study was conducted on the basis of the HSE RMEH database for 1232 individuals aged 8 to 13 years. To conduct the study, it was decided to combine the methods of Wagstaff and Heckley. The study did not identify any child health inequalities related to household income in the sample. Possible reasons for the results obtained were the low level of consistency between the assessment of the health of a child and an adult, the insufficient amount of data on the basis of which the study was conducted, as well as the lack of analysis of indicators in dynamics.

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