Socio-economic inequalities in all-cause mortality in Europe: an exploration of the role of heightened social mobility

Audrey M. W. Simons*, Danielle A. I. Groffen, Hans Bosma

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The larger than expected socio-economic inequalities in health in more egalitarian countries might be explained by a heightened social mobility in these countries. Therefore, the aim of this explorative study was to examine the associations between country-level social mobility, income inequality and socio-economic differences in all-cause mortality, using country-level secondary data from 12 European countries. Both income equality and social mobility were found to be associated with larger socio-economic differences in mortality, particularly in women. These findings suggest that social mobility and income equality, beside their shiny side of improving population health, might have a shady side of increasing socio-economic health inequalities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1010-1012
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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