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Inequity in the Face of Death

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  • Pilar Garcia-Gomez

    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Erik Schokkaert

    (Universite Cath. de Louvain)

  • Tom Van Ourti

    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Teresa Bago d'Uva

    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Abstract

We apply the theory of inequality in opportunity to measure inequity in mortality. Ourempirical work is based on a rich dataset for the Netherlands (1998-2007), linking informationabout mortality, health events and lifestyles. We show that distinguishing between differentchannels via which mortality is affected is necessary to test the sensitivity of the results withrespect to different normative positions. Moreover, our model allows for a comparison of theinequity in simulated counterfactual situations, including an evaluation of policy measures.We explicitly make a distinction between inequity in mortality risks and inequity in mortalityoutcomes. The treatment of this difference - “luck”- has a crucial in‡uence on the results.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 12-084/3.

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Keywords: equity; equality of opportunities; mortality; lifestyles;

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  1. Ana I. Balsa & Máximo Rossi & Patricia Triunfo, 2009. "Horizontal inequity in access to health care in four South American cities," Working Papers 131, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  2. Florence Jusot & Sabine Mage & Marta Menendez, 2014. "Inequality of Opportunity in Health in Indonesia," Working Papers DT/2014/06, DIAL (Développement, Institutions et Mondialisation).
  3. Joan Costa Font & Joan Gil Trasfi, 2006. "Socio-Economic Inequalities in Reported Depression in Spain : A Decomposition Approach," Working Papers in Economics 152, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia.

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