Economic opportunity: A determinant of health?

Katikireddi, S. V. (2016) Economic opportunity: A determinant of health? Lancet Public Health, 1(1), e4-e5. (doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(16)30004-4)

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The economic circumstances into which an individual is born have been repeatedly shown to fundamentally shape health throughout their life. By contrast, surprisingly little research has been done into the inequality in an individual's opportunity to move out of those circumstances— particularly since these factors might be potentially modifiable. In The Lancet Public Health, Atheendar Venkataramani and colleagues1 provide a major contribution to the field. The traditional focus taken within much of the social mobility and health literature has been the comparison of health outcomes between those who move upwards, downwards, or remain unchanged along some dimension of social stratification—often social class or education in the UK, or income within the USA.

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Additional Information:<br>Comment.</br> SVK is funded by a NRS Scottish Senior Clinical Fellowship (SCAF/15/02), the Medical Research Council (MC_UU_12017/15), and the Chief Scientist’s Offi ce (SPHSU15).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Katikireddi, Professor Vittal
Authors: Katikireddi, S. V.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Lancet Public Health
Published Online:03 October 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Author
First Published:First published in Lancet Public Health 21(1): e4-e5
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656601Measuring Health, Variations in Health and Determinants of HealthAlastair LeylandMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/5IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
699162Understanding the impacts of welfare policy on health: A novel data linkage studySrinivasa KatikireddiScottish Executive Health Department (SEHHD-CSO)SCAF/15/02IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU