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Inequality Measurement forOrdered Response Health Data

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  • Ramses H. Abul Naga
  • Tarik Yalcin

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When health status is an ordered response variable, Allison and Foster (2004)postulate that a distribution Q ?exhibits more inequality than a distribution P ?if Q ?isobtained from P ?via a sequence of median preserving spreads. This paper introduces aparametric family of inequality indices which are founded on the Allison and Fosterordering.

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Paper provided by Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE in its series STICERD - Distributional Analysis Research Programme Papers with number 92.

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Handle: RePEc:cep:stidar:92

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Keywords: Self-reported health status; inequality orderings; inequalitymeasures.;

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