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Understanding the vertical equity judgements underpinning health inequality measures

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  • Paul Allanson
  • Dennis Petrie

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The choice of income-related health inequality measures in comparative studies is often determined by custom and analytical concerns, without much explicit consideration of the vertical equity judgements underlying alternative measures. This note employs an inequality map to illustrate how it these judgements that affect the ranking of populations by health inequality. In particular, it is shown that relative indices of inequality in health attainments and shortfalls embody distinct vertical equity judgments, where each may represent ethically defensible positions in specific contexts. Further research is needed to explore people’s preferences over distributions of income and health.

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Paper provided by Economic Studies, University of Dundee in its series Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics with number 264.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Handle: RePEc:dun:dpaper:264

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Keywords: health inequality; vertical equity judgements; inequality equivalence criteria; inequality maps;

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  1. Kjellsson, Gustav & Gerdtham, Ulf-G., 2013. "Lost in Translation: Rethinking the Inequality-Equivalence Criteria for Bounded Health Variables," Working Papers 2013:18, Lund University, Department of Economics, revised 02 Jan 2014.

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