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On the measurement of the (multidimensional) inequality of health distributions

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  • Leth Hougaard, Jens

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    (Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • D. Moreno-Ternero, Juan

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    (Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

  • Østerdal, Lars Peter

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    (COHERE, Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark)

Abstract

Health outcomes are often described according to two dimensions: quality of life and quantity of life. We analyze the measurement of inequality of health distributions referring to these two dimensions. Our analysis relies on a novel treatment of the quality-of-life dimension, which might not have a standard mathematical structure. We single out two families of (absolute and relative) multidimensional health inequality indices, inspired by the classical normative approach to income inequality measurement. We also discuss how to extend the analysis to deal with the related problem of health deprivation measurement in this setting.

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Paper provided by COHERE - Centre of Health Economics Research, University of Southern Denmark in its series COHERE Working Paper with number 2013:9.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 13 Sep 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sduhec:2013_009

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Keywords: Inequality; health; quantity of life; quality of life; QALYs; HYEs;

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