O EFEITO DA DISTRIBUIÇÃO DE RENDA SOBRE O ESTADO DE SAÚDE INDIVIDUAL NO BRASIL
Kenya Valeria Micaela de Souza Noronha
Mônica Viegas Andrade
One of the main social economic problems observed in the majority of countries, in particularly, in the less developed countries, is the high level of income inequality and poverty. In Brazil, these facts are especially important because our country presents one of the worst income distributions in the world that results in a gini coefficient around 0,607. The aim of this paper is to study the relationship between health status and income distribution in Brazil. Specifically, we are interested in evaluate how income distribution impacts individual health status. The methodology used in this work is the logit multilevel model. Our database is PNAD 98 (National Household Survey) that presents a special survey about health status and other related subjects. Our main findings points that income distribution affects individual health status: the higher income distribution the worse individual health status.
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