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.

health measurement, reporting heterogeneity, self-supported health, vignettes
Distribution: General (jel D30), Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions (jel D31), Health: General (jel I10), Health Production: Nutrition, Mortality, Morbidity, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Disability, and Economic Behavior (jel I12)
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van Doorslaer, E.K.A, Lindeboom, M, O'Donnell, O.A, Chatterji, S, & Bago d'Uva, T.M. (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