Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics 264: Understanding the vertical equity judgements underpinning health inequality measures

Paul Allanson (Lead / Corresponding author), Dennis Petrie

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    Abstract

    The choice of income-related health inequality measures in comparative studies is often determined by custom and analytical concerns, without much explicit consideration of the vertical equity judgements underlying alternative measures. This note employs an inequality map to illustrate how it these judgements that affect the ranking of populations by health inequality. In particular, it is shown that relative indices of inequality in health attainments and shortfalls embody distinct vertical equity judgments, where each may represent ethically defensible positions in specific contexts. Further research is needed to explore people’s
    preferences over distributions of income and health.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

    Publication series

    NameDundee Discussion Papers in Economics
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    No.264
    ISSN (Print)1473-236X

    Keywords

    • health inequality
    • vertical equity judgements
    • inequality equivalence criteria
    • inequality maps

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