Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Perceived health status and economic growth in terms of gender-oriented inequalities in the OECD countries
Issue: Vol. 13, No 2, 2020
Published date: 06-2020 (print) / 06-2020 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Beata Gavurova
Technical University of Kosice

Martin Rigelsky
University of Presov in Presov

Viera Ivankova
University of Presov in Presov
Keywords: health inequalities, economic growth, OECD, gender
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2020/13-2/16
Index PUBMS: 236893be-bef9-11ea-9cc3-fa163e0fa1a0
Language: English
Pages: 245-257 (13)
JEL classification: I14, I15, O47
This work is supported by the Scientific Grant Agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research, and Sport of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Academy Sciences as part of the research project VEGA 1/0797/20: “Quantification of Environmental Burden Impacts of the Slovak Regions on Health, Social and Economic System of the Slovak Republic”.

Health affects both individual and economic life, and this fact is undeniable. Reducing health inequalities in socioeconomic groups is a proclaimed topic, not only in scientific discussions, but also in the discussions of the international organizations dealing with public health. The main aim of this article is to assess the relations between gender inequalities in perceived health status and economic growth in the OECD countries. The analyses include the variables of economic growth and self-rated health status in terms of gender-oriented inequalities in the period of 2010-2017. The analytical data processing was carried out using the methods of descriptive analysis, analysis of differences and the methods of causal relationships - regression and correlation analyses. The findings confirm that gender inequalities in perceived health status have a significant impact on economic growth. The findings also reveal that men report better health than women. The present study emphasizes that policy makers should focus on reducing gender health inequalities and recommends the actions in the area of health prevention and health education. Reducing health inequalities between men and women can lead to a reduction in gender inequalities in perceived health status, which will be reflected in increased economic growth, based on the results of this study.


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