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Research project During recent years, the question if income inequality in itself is detrimental for health has been a hot topic. In this proposed project, we will explore the interrelations between income inequality and health outcomes among the elderly Swedish population from a life course perspective.
In this project we study the relationship between income inequality and health among elderly 55+) in Sweden 1986-2009. Some previous studies at national level indicate that income inequality in itself is detrimental for health. The connection is less clear at lower geographical levels where it even can be an advantage to live in unequal neighbourhoods if the economic resources are stronger there. In this project we can distinguish if the possible relationship is explained by the individual income or if there is an independent effect of income inequality. We apply a life course perspective where we consider previous living conditions and the residential career of people.
The Swedish Research Council, 2013-2015: SEK 3,000,000