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Cardinal Scales for Public Health Evaluation

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  • Charles M. Harvey

    (University of Houston)

  • Lars Peter Østerdal

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

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Policy studies often evaluate health for a population by summing the individuals’ health as measured by a scale that is ordinal or that depends on risk attitudes. We develop a method using a different type of preferences, called preference intensity or cardinal preferences, to construct scales that measure changes in health. The method is based on a social welfare model that relates preferences between changes in an individual’s health to preferences between changes in health for a population.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 07-01.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0701

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Keywords: public health evaluation; social welfare; preference intensity; health state;

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  1. Osterdal, Lars Peter, 2005. "Axioms for health care resource allocation," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(4), pages 679-702, July.
  2. Kahneman, Daniel & Wakker, Peter P & Sarin, Rakesh, 1997. "Back to Bentham? Explorations of Experienced Utility," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 112(2), pages 375-405, May.
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  1. Pivato, Marcus, 2011. "Social choice with approximate interpersonal comparison of welfare gains," MPRA Paper 32252, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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