Origins of 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.

Working Papers

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.

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

Selected Recent Articles

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]


A ‘Health Kuznets’ Curve’? Cross-Country and Longitudinal Evidence,” (with Hernandez, C and Sato, A).  Social Indicators Research, 2017, in press.

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.

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. [+ 25 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]

Book Chapters

Which Policies enable Smoking Cessation” (with E Mossialos). In Cholewka, P and Motlagh, M(eds). Health Capital and Sustainable Socioeconomic Development. pp 379-404, Taylor & Francis, 2008.

Dealing with Health care Security” (with M Costa, J Rovira, R Rodríguez and P Sandiford). In Cholewka, P and Motlagh, M(eds). Health Capital and Sustainable Socioeconomic Development, pp 405-418, Taylor & Francis, 2008.