Race, ethnicity, and the education gradient in health

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, Sharon Bzostek, Noreen Goldman, Germán Rodríguez

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Using pooled data from the 2000-2006 National Health Interview Survey, we document how the relationship between education and a broad range of health measures varies by race/ethnicity and nativity. We found that education is a more powerful determinant of health behaviors and outcomes for some groups than it is for others. In addition, the education differentials for foreign-born groups are typically more modest than those for corresponding native-born populations. We also show how the education-health relationship varies across Hispanic and Asian subgroups. We argue that any intervention for eliminating health disparities must take these patterns into account.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-372
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy


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