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Does income inequality in early childhood predict self-reported health in adulthood? A cross-national comparison of the United States and Great Britain

RV Burkhauser, MH Hahn, DR Lillard, R Wilkins

Research in Labor Economics | Published : 2016


We use Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF) data from the United States and Great Britain to investigate the association between adults' health and the income inequality they experienced as children up to 80 years earlier. Our inequality data track shares of national income held by top income percentiles from the early 20th century. We average those data over the same early-life years and merge them to CNEF data from both countries that measure self-reported health of individuals between 1991 and 2007. Observationally, adult men and women in the United States and Great Britain less often report being in better health if inequality was higher in their first five years of life. Although the t..

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