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Does freedom make a difference?

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  • Philippe Tessier

    (Université de Nantes, Université de Tours, INSERM, SPHERE U1246)

  • Josselin Thuilliez

    () (CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)-Centre d’économie de la Sorbonne)

Abstract

Abstract Perceived capabilities—a subjective operationalization of Sen’s concept of capability—and subjective well-being are increasingly regarded as relevant information about individual well-being to guide resources allocation in healthcare. Although they refer to different notions, both types of measures rely on self-reported information and little is known as to how they compare together empirically. The aim of this paper is to investigate differences between measures of subjective well-being and of perceived capabilities in terms of their correlation with dimensions of health-related quality of life using panel data concerning a sample of 293 breast cancer and melanoma patients. Regression analyses suggest that the measures capture quite different aspects of the patients’ welfare. Differences in the correlation with dimensions of health also seem consistent with the underlying notions to which these measures refer. However, our findings also suggest that future researches should aim at determining how measures of perceived capabilities may be influenced by individual personality traits.

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  • Philippe Tessier & Josselin Thuilliez, 2018. "Does freedom make a difference?," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 19(8), pages 1189-1205, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:eujhec:v:19:y:2018:i:8:d:10.1007_s10198-018-0967-1
    DOI: 10.1007/s10198-018-0967-1
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    Keywords

    Subjective well-being; Capabilities; Health-related quality of life;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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