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Refining Population Health Comparisons: A Multidimensional First Order Dominance Approach

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  • Hussain, M. Azhar

    () (Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University)

  • Jørgensen, Mette Møller

    () (John F. Kennedy School of Government)

  • Østerdal, Lars Peter

    () (COHERE, Department of Business and Economics)

Abstract

How to determine if a population group has better overall (multidimensional) health status than another is a central question in the health and social sciences. We apply a multidimensional first order dominance concept that does not rely on assumptions about the relative importance of each dimension or the complementarity/substitutability across dimensions. In particular, we suggest that one can explore the “depth” of dominances by sequentially refining the health dimensions to see which dominances persist. Using The Danish National Health Interview Survey, we conduct dominance comparisons between population groups based on education, gender, marital status, and ethnicity for given age intervals. Our empirical illustration shows that it is possible to operationalize and meaningfully apply the multidimensional first order dominance concept with sequential refinements of health status to as much as ten health dimensions.

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  • Hussain, M. Azhar & Jørgensen, Mette Møller & Østerdal, Lars Peter, 2014. "Refining Population Health Comparisons: A Multidimensional First Order Dominance Approach," COHERE Working Paper 2014:5, University of Southern Denmark, COHERE - Centre of Health Economics Research.
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    1. Fatiha Bennia & Nicolas Gravel, 2016. "Is the Distribution of Cardiovascular Risks Really Improving ? A Robust Analysis for France," Working Papers halshs-01321838, HAL.
    2. Channing Arndt & Nikolaj Siersbæk, & Lars Peter Østerdal, 2015. "Multidimensional first-order dominance comparisons of population wellbeing," WIDER Working Paper Series 122, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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    Keywords

    Multidimensional first order dominance; population health comparisons; refinement; inequalities in health; The Danish National Health Survey;

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    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality

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