Kaplan and colleagues' reply

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7066.1207 (Published 09 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1207
  1. George A Kaplan,
  2. John W Lynch,
  3. Richard D Cohen,
  4. Jennifer L Balfour,
  5. Elsie R Pamuk
  1. Chief Associate research scientist Senior research scientist Graduate assistant Human Population Laboratory, California Department of Health Services, 2151 Berkeley Way, Annex 2, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
  2. Health statistician National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyattsville, MD 20782, USA

    EDITOR,—Ken Judge claims that our study about the relations between income inequality and mortality in the United States is methodologically flawed and cannot contribute much to the debate on income inequality and health. We agree that an understanding of the impact of taxes, benefits, and household composition on this relation is important. However, Judge's criticisms are factually in error (our income measure did include government cash benefits) and illogical. He is incorrect in stating that an overestimate of the extent of income inequality necessarily calls into question the association between inequality and mortality. This would be true only if adjustment for taxes, benefits, and …

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