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Avoiding Blinding to Health Status: A New Class of Health Achievement and Inequality Indices

  • Paul Makdissi

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    (Department of Economics, University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier E., Ottawa,Ontario)

  • Myra Yazbeck

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    (CIRPÉE and Department of Epidemiology Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University, Montreal, CanadaTemplate-Type: ReDIF-Paper 1.0)

This paper argues that health transfers from an individual at a lower rank in the health distribution to a person at a higher rank may decrease the concentration index if the former has a slightly higher income. The concentration index, being mainly focused on the socio-economic dimension of health inequality, can produce such counter-intuitive results that overlook the pure health inequality aversion of the planner. Building on Atkinson (1970), Yitzhaki (1983) and Wagstaff (2002), this paper presents a simple new class of health achievement and health inequality indices that overcomes the above mentioned problem.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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