The paper proposes a new class of income-related health stratification indices that measure the extent to which differences in population health status between the regions of a country are systematically related to regional prosperity. The indices depend in general both on the degree to which the populations of different regions occupy well-defined layers or strata in the national distribution of the health outcome and on the scale of between-region differences in those outcomes if these are quantifiable, where the socioeconomic dimension is taken into account by ranking the regions in terms of economic prosperity rather than population health status. In particular, headcount and gap indices may be interpreted as measures of the overall incidence and depth of income-related health stratification between regions respectively, with the former well-defined for polytomous categorical variables without the need for etither dichotomisation or cardinalisation. The new measurement framework is used to examine the evolution of income-related health differences between the regions of Great Britain over the period from 1991 to 2008.
|Name||Dundee discussion papers in economics|
|Publisher||University of Dundee, Department of Economic Studies|
- Income-related health stratification
- Regional analysis
- Ordinal data