Behavioural Sources and Mediators of Health Inequality

Persistent inequality in health outcomes is a reoccurring theme in the public debate. For example, in the corona crisis socially deprived neighbourhoods have seen high infection numbers and low vaccine take-up. An important scientific and policy question is how to reduce these inequalities. A first step towards tackling the problem at its roots is to understand the sources of the inequality.

This project contributes with new knowledge about behavioural sources of inequality in health. The researchers study this among Danish families with a type 1 diabetic child, because the onset of diabetes type 1 is nearly random and not related to lifestyle.

A second contribution of this project is to design and test a tailored behavioural intervention that aims to establish healthy habits and to enhance our understanding of what makes a behavioural intervention successful.

The context is a high impact setting where children can potentially improve long-term outcomes.


Mette Trier Damgaard

Associate Professor Department of Economics and Business Economics

Niels Skipper

Professor Department of Economics and Business Economics