Do income and income inequality have any impact on morbidity? Evidence from the India Human Development Survey
Rising income inequality, along with the increasing trend of morbidity, poses a serious concern in India. The objective of this chapter is to examine whether income and income inequality have any association with individual health status. For our analysis, we have used data from the two rounds of the India Human Development Survey, a large-scale nationally representative panel data set collected in 2004–05 and 2011–12. We find that the probability of short-term as well as long-term morbidity decreases with an increase in individual income. On the other hand, income inequality is positively associated with the poor health of an individual. Even when we control for individual income, inequality still remains a significant determinant of morbidity.
Paul, Sohini. 2023. "Do income and income inequality have any impact on morbidity? Evidence from the India Human Development Survey," in Pallavi Choudhuri, Sonalde Desai, and Amaresh Dubey (eds.), India's Social and Economic Transformation in the 21st Century (pp. 55–74). Taylor and Francis Ltd.