Social and Economic Well-Being by Race and Hispanic Origin

Michael Pollak mpollak at
Mon Oct 5 21:30:22 PDT 1998

On Mon, 5 Oct 1998, Doug Henwood wrote:

> Fellows, Jeffrey wrote:
> >Doug, thanks for the post. From what I have seen of the research on
> >socioeconomic status and health (including violence-related morbidity and
> >mortality), the race/ethnicity dimension of health disappears as a
> >statistically significant relationship once SES is controlled for. So a
> >report on the social and economic well-being by social class would have been
> >much more accurate. Of course, I am preaching to the congregation here.
> There isn't much data on this sort of thing broken down by SES rather than
> "race," is there? Though I do recall an article in the New England Journal
> of Medicine in the early 1990s that showed that even after controlling for
> income and education, blacks on average had worse health outcomes than
> whites. Is there any kind of consensus on this in the literature?

There is an excellant review article on the subject of how health is affected by economic inequality by Helen Epstein in the July 16, 1998 _New York Review of Each Other's Books_, p. 26-30.


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