Mind the Gap: Revisiting the Concentration Index for Overweight

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Title: Mind the Gap: Revisiting the Concentration Index for Overweight
Authors: Madden, David (David Patrick)
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9096
Date: Oct-2017
Online since: 2017-12-12T17:10:12Z
Abstract: Much analysis of the socioeconomic gradient of overweight/obesity has involved the calculation of concentration indices for the incidence of these conditions. However this analysis ignores the severity of the conditions, in particular whether there is a gradient to how far are people above the relevant thresholds. Calculation of the concentration index for severity based measures for a dataset for Ireland reveals a much stronger gradient than for the incidence based measures. It is recommended that analysis of severity should always accompany analysis of the incidence of overweight/obesity.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Start page: 1
End page: 11
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; 2017/22
Copyright (published version): 2017 the Author
Keywords: OverweightObesitySocioeconomic gradientConcentration index
JEL Codes: I14; I32
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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