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Sabater article selected for PopDigests

Tuesday 05 January 2016

An article by Dr Albert Sabater is selected by the Board of Governors of Population Europe for PopDigests.

Sabater’s article (with Benedetta Pongiglione) on “The Role of Education at Young and Older Ages in Explaining Health Inequalities in Europe” is selected by the Board of Governors of Population Europe for the short and comprehensible non-technical summaries of key scientific articles known as PopDigests.

In this paper, the authors highlight that people are currently living longer lives but not everyone reaches advanced age in good health. This is because health conditions vary among population groups and across territories, giving space to so-called health inequalities. As Benedetta Pongiglione and Albert Sabater confirm in their study, one of the most important features influencing differences in individual health outcomes is socio-economic status: In Europe, overall, highly-educated individuals tend to live longer and in better health than their less-educated counterparts. At the same time, little is known about how health inequalities in Europe differ among the youngest and oldest members of societies, between men and women, or across regions. In this study, the authors shed further light on the role played by education in determining health conditions in Europe, highlighting three important sources of heterogeneity: First, the way in which the level of education influences health differs over the life course, reaching its maximum in two specific periods; second, there are considerable differences between men and women in those periods of life in which health inequalities are more evident; third, the relationship between education and health and its variations according to age and gender substantially vary across European welfare states.