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On the measurement of the (multidimensional) inequality of health distributions

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  • Jens L. Hougaard

    () (Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Juan D. Moreno-Ternero

    () (Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide; CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • Lars P. Osterdal

    () (Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark)

Abstract

Health outcomes are often described according to two dimensions: quality of life and quantity of life. We analyze the measurement of inequality of health distributions referring to these two dimensions. Our analysis relies on a novel treatment of the quality-of-life dimension, which might not have a standard mathematical structure. We single out two families of (absolute and relative) multidimensional health inequality indices, inspired by the classical normative approach to income inequality measurement. We also discuss how to extend the analysis to deal with the related problem of health deprivation measurement in this setting.

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  • Jens L. Hougaard & Juan D. Moreno-Ternero & Lars P. Osterdal, 2013. "On the measurement of the (multidimensional) inequality of health distributions," Working Papers 13.02, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics.
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    2. Moreno-Ternero, Juan D. & Østerdal, Lars Peter, 2014. "Normative foundations for equity-sensitive population health evaluation functions," DaCHE discussion papers 2014:1, University of Southern Denmark, Dache - Danish Centre for Health Economics.

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    Keywords

    Inequality; health; quantity of life; quality of life; QALYs; HYEs;
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    JEL classification:

    • 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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