Template-Type: ReDIF-Paper 1.0 Series: Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers Creation-Date: 2006-03-28 Number: 06-033/3 Author-Name: Teresa Bago d'Uva Author-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Author-Workplace-Name: University of York Author-Name: Eddy van Doorslaer Author-Email: email@example.com Author-Workplace-Name: Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam and Netspar Author-Name: Maarten Lindeboom Author-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Author-Workplace-Name: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, HEB, IZA, and Netspar Author-Name: Owen O'Donnell Author-Email: email@example.com Author-Workplace-Name: Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Macedonia, and Netspar Author-Name: Somnath Chatterji Author-Workplace-Name: World Health Organization Title: Does Reporting Heterogeneity bias the Measurement of Health Disparities? Abstract: Heterogeneity in reporting of health by socio-economic and demographic characteristics potentially biases the measurement of health disparities. We use anchoring vignettes to identify socio-demographic differences in the reporting of health in Indonesia, India and China. Homogeneous reporting by socio-demographic group is rejected and correcting for reporting heterogeneity tends to reduce slightly estimated disparities in health by education (not China) and to increase those by income. But the method does not reveal substantial reporting bias in measures of health disparities.
This discussion paper has resulted in a publication in Health Economics, 2008, 17(3), 351-75). Classification-JEL: D30; D31; I10; I12 Keywords: health measurement; vignettes; self-reported health; reporting heterogeneity File-Url: http://papers.tinbergen.nl/06033.pdf File-Format: application/pdf File-Size: 405981 bytes Handle: RePEc:tin:wpaper:20060033