Quotation Bilger, Marcel, Carrieri, Vincenzo. 2013. Health in the cities: When the neighborhood matters more than income. Journal of Health Economics. 32 (1), 1-11.


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Using a rich Italian cross-sectional dataset, we estimate the effect of a neighborhood problems aggregate (including pollution, crime, and noise) on self-assessed health, presence of chronic conditions and limitations in daily activities. We address the self-selection of the residents in their neighborhoods, as well as the possible endogeneity of income with respect to health, through instrumental variable methods and several endogeneity tests. The main novelty is the sound estimation of the neighborhood effect on health using observational data, which has the advantage of providing general results that are not dependent on any experimental design. This allows us to fully compare the neighborhood effect with the traditional socioeconomic determinants of health. Our main findings are that low quality neighborhoods are strongly health damaging. This effect is comparable to the primary/upper secondary education health differential and is even higher than the impact that poor economic circumstances have on health.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Health Economics
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, STRAT-A, VW-A, WH-A
Language English
Title Health in the cities: When the neighborhood matters more than income
Volume 32
Number 1
Year 2013
Page from 1
Page to 11
Reviewed? Y
URL https://api.elsevier.com/content/article/PII:S0167629612001531?httpAccept=text/xml
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2012.09.010
Open Access N

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Bilger, Marcel (Details)
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Carrieri, Vincenzo (University of Salerno, Italy)
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Health Economics and Policy Group AB (Details)
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