Measurement of Inequality in Health Opportunity in Luxembourg
Reducing health inequality is considered today as one of the main development challenges. While health inequality arising from differences in choices made an in effort extended is usually tolerated, health inequality arising from differences in circumstances for which the individual is not responsible is viewed as fundamentally unfair. Reducing the degree of inequality in opportunities for good health is supposed to “level the playing field” so that circumstances such as skin color, gender, birthplace, or family background, which are beyond the control of an individual, do not influence a person’s health status. The aim of this paper is to analyses the role played by childhood circumstances, especially social and family background in explaining health status among adults. We use part of PSELL data for Luxembourg.