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Equity in Health and Equivalent Incomes

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  • Erik Schokkaert
  • Carine Voorde
  • Brigitte Dormont

    (CEPREMAP - Centre pour la recherche économique et ses applications, LEDa - Laboratoire d'Economie de Dauphine - Université Paris-Dauphine, Legos - Laboratoire d'Economie et de Gestion des Organisations de Santé - Université Paris-Dauphine)

  • Marc Fleurbaey

    (Woodrow Wilson School and Center for Human Values - Princeton University)

  • Stephane Luchini

    (GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - ECM - Ecole Centrale de Marseille)

  • Anne-Laure Samson

    (Legos - Laboratoire d'Economie et de Gestion des Organisations de Santé - Université Paris-Dauphine)

  • Clémence Thebaut

    (LEDa - Laboratoire d'Economie de Dauphine - Université Paris-Dauphine)

Abstract

We compare two approaches to measuring inequity in the health distribution. The first is the concentration index. The second is the calculation of the inequality in an overall measure of individual well-being, capturing both the income and health dimensions. We introduce the concept of equivalent income as a measure of well-being that respects preferences with respect to the trade-off between income and health, but is not subjectively welfarist since it does not rely on the direct measurement of happiness. Using data from a representative survey in France, we show that equivalent incomes can be measured using a contingent valuation method. We present counterfactual simulations to illustrate the different perspectives of the approaches with respect to distributive justice.

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  • Erik Schokkaert & Carine Voorde & Brigitte Dormont & Marc Fleurbaey & Stephane Luchini & Anne-Laure Samson & Clémence Thebaut, 2013. "Equity in Health and Equivalent Incomes," Post-Print hal-01500857, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01500857 Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://hal-amu.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01500857
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