Health Disadvantage

Keywords: measurement of health inequalities, disadvantage and health behaviors,  the effect of health on economic disadvantage, intergenerational transmission of health capital, institutional determinants of health inequalities, sleep and labor productivity, health and occupational status.


LSE Companion to Health Policy “(with McGuire A), Elgar Edward, 2012.


Recent working papers

Does Insurance Expansion Alter Health Inequality and Mobility? Evidence from the Mexican Seguro Popular” (with Saez de Miera, B and Cowell, F), CESifo Working Paper No. 6788December 2017

Parental Sleep and Employment: Evidence from a British Cohort Study,” CEP Discussion Papers (with Fleche, S). May 2017, Working Paper 1467, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

The measurement of health inequalities: does status matter?  (with Cowell, F). III Working Papers, 6. International Inequalities Institute, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK, 2017.

Vertical Transmission of Overweight: Evidence From English Adoptees,” (with Jofre-Bonet and Legrand, J).  CEP Discussion Papers dp1324, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, 2016.


Incorporating Inequality-Aversion in Health-Care Priority Setting” (with Frank Cowell). Social Justice Research, 2019, in press.

The ‘Healthy Worker Effect’: Do Healthy People Climb the Occupational Ladder?” (with Ljunge, M). Economics and Human Biology, 2018, 28: 119-131. 

A ‘Health Kuznets’ Curve’? Cross-Country and Longitudinal Evidence,” (with Hernandez, C and Sato, A).  Social Indicators Research, 2018, 136 (2): 439-52.

Do you have to win it to fix it? A longitudinal study of lottery winners and their health care demand (with Terence Cheng and Nick Powdthavee). American Journal of Health Economics, 2018, 4(1): 26-50.

Eliciting Health Care Priorities in Developing Countries: Experimental Evidence from Guatemala” (with Rovira, J and Sato, A). Health Policy and Planning, 2016, 31(1): 67- 74.

Participatory Health System Priority Setting: Evidence from a Budget Experiment” (with Rovira, J and Sato, A). Social Science and Medicine, 2015, 146: 182-190.

Concentration indices of income related self-reported health: a meta-regression analysis” (with Hernandez-Quevedo, C) Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2015, 37(4): 619-633.

Income Inequalities in Unhealthy Lifestyles in England and Spain” (with Hernandez-Quevedo, C and Jiménez-Rubio, D). Economics and Human Biology, 2014, 13: 66-75. [+ 25 citations]

Intergenerational and Socioeconomic Gradients of Child Obesity” (with Gil, J). Social Science Medicine, 2013, 93(1): 29-37. [+ 25 citations]

Measuring health inequality with categorical data: some regional patterns” (with Cowell, F). Research in Economic Inequality, 2013, 21: 53-76.

Measuring Inequalities in Health: What do we Know? What do we need to Know?” (with Hernandez-Quevedo, C) . Health Policy, 2012, 106(2): 195-206. [+ 50 citations]

Persistence despite Action” Health Inequalities in England, 1997-2007” (with McGuire, A and Hernandez, C).Health Policy, 2011, 103(2-3), 149– 159.

Decomposing Body Mass Index Gaps Between Mediterranean Countries: A Counterfactual Quantile Regression Analysis” (with D Fabbri and J Gil). Economics and Human Biology 2009, 7(3): 351–365. [+ 25 citations]

Exploring the pathways of inequality in health access and financing in decentralised Spain” (with J Gil). Journal of European Social Policy, 2009, 19 (5): 446-458. [+ 25 citations]

What lies behind socio-economic inequalities in obesity in Spain? A decomposition approach” (with J Gil). Food Policy, 2008, 33 (1): 61-73.[+ 50 citations]

Would Socio-Economic Inequalities in Depression fade away with Income Transfers?” (with J Gil). Journal of Happiness Studies, 2008, 9(4): 539-558.[+ 25 citations]

Obesity and the incidence of chronic diseases: a seemingly unrelated probit approach”(with J Gil). Economics and Human Biology, 2005, 3(2):188-214. [+ 50 citations]