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The Health Equivalent Adjusted Level (HEAL): Taking an Ordinal Approach to the Measurement of a Society's Health Achievements

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  • SILBER, Jacques
  • XU, Yongsheng

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This paper, following earlier work on the cardinal measurement of ordinal health inequality, proposes an axiomatic derivation of the health achievement in a population when only ordinal information on health is available. An empirical illustration based on EU data for 27 countries during the period 2005-2012 is then presented which confirms the usefulness of the new measure of health achievement that has been introduced.

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  • SILBER, Jacques & XU, Yongsheng, 2016. "The Health Equivalent Adjusted Level (HEAL): Taking an Ordinal Approach to the Measurement of a Society's Health Achievements," Discussion paper series HIAS-E-31, Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, Hitotsubashi University.
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    Keywords

    axiomatic approach; European Union; health achievement; ordinal information;

    JEL classification:

    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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