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A Micro-Simulation Based Decomposition of the Health Status Gap
Between US Blacks and Whites
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ABSTRACT(ABSTRACT- ALL CAPS, bold, Arial, 9 pt font)
It is well established that health status differs across racial subpopulations within the United States. Specifically,
African Americans (black) live lives that are substantially shorter, on average, than those of their white neighbors.
Moreover, blacks generally experience worse health outcomes than whites throughout their lifetimes.
This paper examines the contributions of differences between blacks and whites in specific health-
enhancing and health-deterring behaviors to the difference in self-reported health status (and a constructed
health status measure) of these two groups. Micro-simulation based decomposition analysis using data
from the 2005 Center for Disease Control Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System demonstrates that in
particular, black/white differences in physical activity have relatively large impacts on the measured health
status gap between the two groups, yet black/white differences in socioeconomic and demographic
characteristics remain dominant sources in accounting for the observed health status gap.
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INTRODUCTION(ABSTRACT- ALL CAPS, bold, Arial, 9 pt font)
It is well established that there are underlying differences in health status across racial
subpopulations within the United States (Link and Phelan, 1995; Williams and Collins, 1995; Hayward et
al., 2000; Institute of Medicine, 2003; Sullivan Commission, 2004; Sequist et al., 2006). Specifically,
members of the African-American (black) minority population experience worse health outcomes and live
lives that are, on average, substantially shorter than those of their Caucasian (white) neighbors.
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(*Reference is Arial, 9 pt font, at bottom of title page)
*Department of Economics and Finance, 426 BEP, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY 41099.
◊I would like to thank Rebecca Stein and Kenneth Katkin for their careful reading and thoughtful comments on this work.
ENDNOTES (centered, full caps, arial 10 pt)
1. We are grateful for helpful suggestions from Stephanie Brewer Jozefowicz, Elizabeth Hall, Shannon
Stare, and participants at the annual conference of the Eastern Economic Association, New York, NY,
February 2007. Comments from William P. O’Dea and an anonymous reviewer were especially
2. These regression results are available from the authors upon request.
REFERENCES (centered, full caps, arial 10 pt)
Blinder, Alan S. 1973. “Wage Discrimination: Reduced Form and Structural Estimates.” The Journal of Human Resources, 8(4): 436-455.
Center for Disease Control. 2006. 2005 Overview Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
Charasse-Pouele, Cecile and Martin Fournier. 2006. “Health Disparities Between Racial Groups in South
Africa: A Decomposition Analysis.” Social Science and Medicine, 62: 2897-2914.
(References are reverse indent)