Independent Research— Health Inequality

There is a strong connection between socioeconomic status and health. This correlation has been well documented over the past few decades, and health inequalities have been shown to appear early and peak around the time of early old age (late fifties, early sixties). Among the elderly this correlation diminishes, partly because of social policies like Medicare and Social Security and partly because of self-selection (only the healthiest live to advanced ages).

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more than one way to do something…

This blog post is about stubbornness and a lesson learned anew.

Without getting into the gory details, I was working on an assignment to use a dataset to identify whenever an individual received any of a series of medical procedures or diagnoses using four and five digit medical codes. I started writing the command file optimistic that I would be done in a few hours.  Since the variables  were in text format I had to type in each possible code for a procedure, but about an hour in I realized that there were hundreds if not thousands of codes to enter. Here is where I made my fatal mistake. I didn’t ask my advisors for help. Instead I spent over 12 hours trying to manually enter all of these codes.

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eighty percent of the work is just getting the data ready…

I’ve heard this idea twice in my academic career, once working on a GIS project and once in econometrics class, but you don’t realize how true it is until you sit down with  a pile of data and try to use it.

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The Economy, Health, and Class Differences

Hi everyone,

My name is Ashley Ingram.  I am a rising senior majoring in Economics and Sociology. This summer I’ll be doing research for the Schroeder Center for Health Policy with Professor McInerney  and Professor Mellor in the Economics department. The topic I’ll be researching is how macroeconomic conditions affect outcomes in different classes.

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