Table 1

 Fictitious example of trend in mortality inequalites by educational level between 1990 and 2000

(1) Basic data
Educational levelNumber of peoplePopulation shareHierarchical rankMortality rate (per100000 people)
*First level and secondary, lower level compared with secondary, upper level, and third level. †Third level as reference category. ‡Precited rate difference between those at the bottom and the top of the educational hierarchy. §Predicted rate ratio for bottom compared with top of educational hierarchy. ¶Percentage of predicted rate for bottom with relation to predicted rate for top of educational hierarchy.
Third level500075000.
Seconday, upper level10000125000.
Secondary, lower level12500125000.250.250.430.5312880
First level22500175000.450.350.780.8316091
(2) Summary measures of mortality inequalities by educational level
Rate ratio*1.481.73
Difference ratio (per 100000 people)*48.636.7
Population attributable proprortion (%)†40.344.4
Concentration index−0.10−0.14
Slope index of inequality (per 100000 people)‡104.470.4
Relative index of inequality§2.403.03
Relative index of inequality (%)¶140203