Health inequalities in rural China: Evidence from HeBei Province

Ofra Anson, Shifang Sun

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The purpose of this study was to examine the degree to which commonly used social class indicators - education, income, and occupation - are associated with health in the context of rural China. Data were collected from 10,226 individuals of working age (16-60) living in HeBei Province, the PRC. The association between education and income observed resembles the patterns documented in industrial societies, but the health status of farmers is quite similar to that of white collar employees. Persons in other than mainstream occupations report the poorest health status. Social selection and the costs of relative deprivation appear to be useful to the understanding of health inequality in rural China, though in a manner shaped by the particular social context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-84
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Place
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004


  • Health inequalities
  • Rural China
  • Social class

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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