Heterogeneity in reporting of health by socio-economic and demographic characteristics potentially biases the measurement of health disparities. We use anchoring vignettes to identify reporting heterogeneity in self reports on health for Indonesia, India and China. Correcting for reporting heterogeneity tends to reduce estimated disparities in health by age, sex (not Indonesia), urban/rural and education (not China) and to increase income disparities in health. Overall, while homogeneous reporting by socio-demographic group is significantly rejected, the results suggest that the size of the reporting bias in measures of health disparities is not large.

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van Doorslaer, E., Lindeboom, M., O'Donnell, O., Chatterji, S., & Bago d'Uva, T. (2006). Does Reporting Heterogeneity Bias The Measurement of Health Disparities? (No. TI 06-033/3). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper Series. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/7652