Analyzing differences in the magnitude of socioeconomic inequalities in self-perceived health by countries of different political tradition in Europe

Carme Borrell, Albert Espelt, Maica Rodríguez-Sanz, Bo Burström, Carles Muntaner, M. Pasarín, Joan Benach, Chiara Marinacci, Albert Jan Roskam, Maartje Schaap, Enrique Regidor, Giuseppe Costa, Paula Santana, Patrick Deboosere, Anton Kunst, Vicente Navarro

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Abstract

The objectives of this study are to describe, for European countries, variations among political traditions in the magnitude of inequalities in self-perceived health by educational level and to determine whether these variations change when contextual welfare state, labor market, wealth, and income inequality variables are taken into account. In this cross-sectional study, the authors look at the population aged 25 to 64 in 13 European countries. Individual data were obtained from the Health Interview Surveys of each country. Educational-level inequalities in self-perceived health exist in all countries and in all political traditions, among both women and men. When countries are grouped by political tradition, social democratic countries are found to have the lowest educational-level inequalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-341
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

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Borrell, C., Espelt, A., Rodríguez-Sanz, M., Burström, B., Muntaner, C., Pasarín, M., Benach, J., Marinacci, C., Roskam, A. J., Schaap, M., Regidor, E., Costa, G., Santana, P., Deboosere, P., Kunst, A., & Navarro, V. (2009). Analyzing differences in the magnitude of socioeconomic inequalities in self-perceived health by countries of different political tradition in Europe. International Journal of Health Services, 39(2), 321-341. https://doi.org/10.2190/HS.39.2.f