On the measurement of the (multidimensional) inequality of health distributions
AbstractHealth 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 13.02.
Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2013
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Inequality; health; quantity of life; quality of life; QALYs; HYEs;
Other versions of this item:
- Leth Hougaard, Jens & D. Moreno-Ternero, Juan & Østerdal, Lars Peter, 2013. "On the measurement of the (multidimensional) inequality of health distributions," COHERE Working Paper 2013:9, COHERE - Centre of Health Economics Research, University of Southern Denmark.
- D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
- I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2013-07-28 (All new papers)
- NEP-HEA-2013-07-28 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2013-07-28 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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