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A new axiomatic approach to the evaluation of population health

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  • Hougaard, Jens Leth
  • Moreno-Ternero, Juan D.
  • Østerdal, Lars Peter

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In this paper we explore the implications of normative principles for the evaluation of population health. We formalize those principles as axioms for social preferences over distributions of health for a given population. We single out several focal population health evaluation functions, which represent social preferences, as a result of combinations of those axioms. Our results provide new rationale for popular theories in health economics, such as the unweighted aggregation of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) or healthy years equivalents (HYEs) and generalizations of the two, aimed to capture concerns for distributive justice, without resorting to controversial assumptions on individual preferences.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 32 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 515-523

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jhecon:v:32:y:2013:i:3:p:515-523

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Keywords: Population health; Social preferences; QALYs; HYEs; Axioms;

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Cited by:
  1. Jens L. Hougaard & Juan D. Moreno-Ternero & Lars P. Osterdal, 2013. "On the measurement of the (multidimensional) inequality of health distributions," Working Papers 13.02, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics.
  2. Moreno-Ternero, Juan D. & Østerdal, Lars Peter, 2014. "Normative foundations for equity-sensitive population health evaluation functions," COHERE Working Paper 2014:1, COHERE - Centre of Health Economics Research, University of Southern Denmark.

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