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Longitudinal Study: LSAC
Title: Child Health and the Income Gradient: Evidence from Australia.
Authors: Khanam, Rasheda 
Nghiem, H.S. 
Connelly, L.B. 
Publication Date: Dec-2009
Pages: 805-817
Keywords: Child health
Income gradient
Parental health
Panel data
Abstract: Previous research has shown a strong relationship between household income and child health, in particular for older children, though the actual mechanism involved is uncertain. This article investigates how this income-health gradient might be caused, using data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian (LSAC) on such variables as previous health, household income, birth weight, breastfeeding, gender, nutrition and diet, household size, parent employment and education, parent physical and mental health, and parent lifestyle risk factors. The results show that income has only a small protective effect on child health, possibly due to the extensive and universal public healthcare system in Australia offseting some of the important health-related disadvantages that are associated with low incomes in other countries.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2009.05.001
Keywords: Finance -- Income (Salary and Wages); Health; Finance
Research collection: Journal Articles
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