Quotation Plümper, Thomas, Neumayer, Eric, Laroze, Denise. 2018. Regional inequalities in premature mortality in Great Britain. PLoS ONE. 13 (2), 1-16.


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Premature mortality exhibits strong spatial patterns in Great Britain. Local authorities that are located further North and West, that are more distant from its political centre London and that are more urban tend to have a higher premature mortality rate. Premature mortality also tends to cluster among geographically contiguous and proximate local authorities. We develop a novel analytical research design that relies on spatial pattern recognition to demonstrate that an empirical model that contains only socio-economic variables can eliminate these spatial patterns almost entirely. We demonstrate that socioeconomic factors across local authority districts explain 81 percent of variation in female and 86 percent of variation in male premature mortality in 2012–14. As our findings suggest, policy-makers cannot hope that health policies alone suffice to significantly reduce inequalities in health. Rather, it requires strong efforts to reduce the inequalities in socio-economic factors, or living conditions for short, in order to overcome the spatial disparities in health, of which premature mortality is a clear indication.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal PLoS ONE
Citation Index SCI
Language English
Title Regional inequalities in premature mortality in Great Britain
Volume 13
Number 2
Year 2018
Page from 1
Page to 16
Reviewed? Y
URL http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/comments?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0193488
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0193488
Open Access Y
Open Access Link http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.01934

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Plümper, Thomas (Details)
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Laroze, Denise (Univers idad de Santiago de Chile, Chile)
Neumayer, Eric (LSE, United Kingdom)
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Institute for Sociology and Social Research IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5118 Political science (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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