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The Structural Sources of Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health: A Cross-National Perspective

Barnes, Lucy; Hall, Peter A; Taylor, Rosemary CR; (2023) The Structural Sources of Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health: A Cross-National Perspective. Socius , 9 pp. 1-17. 10.1177/23780231231174832. Green open access

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Abstract

This article investigates how macro-level structures condition the sources of socioeconomic inequalities in health. Drawing on multiple social science disciplines, the authors develop theoretically grounded propositions about how different types of welfare states, varieties of capitalism, and social structures give rise to cross-national variations in the sources of health inequalities. They consider how these macro-level structures affect the distribution of five key resources important to health, estimate the relative contribution that each resource makes to health inequalities, and compare those contributions in 21 developed democracies. Moving beyond a current literature focused on welfare states, the authors show how different types of political economies and social structures also condition the health gradient. This research carries implications for policy and suggests agendas for further investigation into the relationship between macro-level structures and inequalities in health.

Type: Article
Title: The Structural Sources of Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health: A Cross-National Perspective
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/23780231231174832
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/23780231231174832
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s), 2023. Creative Commons Non Commercial CC BY-NC: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Keywords: health inequalities, gradient, welfare regimes, varieties of capitalism, social structure
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10181299
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