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The influence of regional social inequality and labor market characteristics on health

Einfluss regionaler sozialer Ungleichheits- und Arbeitsmarktmerkmale auf die Gesundheit

Gross, Christiane; Kriwy, Peter

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Abstract "The influence of contextual factors on individual health status has been demonstrated by a number of studies even when controlling for the individual socio-economic situation (and other relevant factors). The article examines whether and to what extent variables of the place of residence have an effect on individual health status. The authors do not only refer to income levels and inequality, but also to effects of the educational level and inequality and the regional unemployment rate. As data basis for the individual level, the authors use the 2006 wave of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) and add regional information on the aggregate level based on the regional units (Raumordnungsregionen) of the Microcensus of 2005. These data will be analyzed using multilevel models. The results reveal that regional educational inequality intensifies the individual educational effect, whereby members of less-educated groups in educationally disparate regions exhibit particularly low health chances. In addition, a high regional unemployment rate intensifies the negative effect of individual unemployment on men's health." (author's abstract)
Thesaurusschlagwörter social inequality; labor market; health; health consequences; health status; level of education; unemployment; difference in income; regional difference; educational inequality; place of residence; Federal Republic of Germany
Klassifikation Medizinsoziologie; Arbeitsmarktforschung
Methode empirisch; empirisch-quantitativ
Freie Schlagwörter regional inequality; context effect
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2013
Seitenangabe S. 769-794
Zeitschriftentitel Comparative Population Studies - Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, 38 (2013) 3
Heftthema Private life choices, employment and health
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.4232/10.CPoS-2013-15en
ISSN 1869-8999
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
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