Analyzing differences in the magnitude of socioeconomic inequalities in self-perceived health by countries of different political tradition in Europe

Int J Health Serv. 2009;39(2):321-41. doi: 10.2190/HS.39.2.f.


The objectives of this study are to describe, for European countries, variations among political traditions in the magnitude of inequalities in self-perceived health by educational level and to determine whether these variations change when contextual welfare state, labor market, wealth, and income inequality variables are taken into account. In this cross-sectional study, the authors look at the population aged 25 to 64 in 13 European countries. Individual data were obtained from the Health Interview Surveys of each country. Educational-level inequalities in self-perceived health exist in all countries and in all political traditions, among both women and men. When countries are grouped by political tradition, social democratic countries are found to have the lowest educational-level inequalities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Educational Status
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Political Systems*
  • Socioeconomic Factors