The Effect of Income Inequality on Mortality in Advanced Economies

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Speaker: Mayvis Rebeira

Date: Friday, March 17th from 10 AM – 12 PM

Location: HS 100 (Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Toronto ON)


How does rising income inequality over the past six decades affect adult mortality in advanced economies? Using the latest available data on the inverted Pareto-Lorenz coefficient as a measure of income inequality, the causal impact of income inequality on population mortality rates was estimated for OECD countries between 1950 to 2008. To prevent spurious correlation and address econometric challenges, panel cointegration was utilized to determine the impact of rising income inequality on male and female mortality rates separately. Robustness checks using pooled and fixed-effects regressions were used to validate the key results noting that these findings occur in the context of other public services available in developed countries.



Mayvis Rebeira obtained her Ph.D. in Health Economics at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics, also from the University of Toronto. Her current research is focused on the effect of income, income inequality and educational attainment on mortality. She has also published in the field of health technology assessments, economic evaluations of drugs and medical devices and health outcomes research. Her research interests include developing methodologies for economic evaluation of new health technologies and the economics of aging and longevity using econometric analysis.