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Disentangling the welfarism/extra‐welfarism distinction: Towards a more fine‐grained categorization

Ruben Andreas Sakowsky

Health Economics, 2021, vol. 30, issue 9, 2307-2311

Abstract: In health economics, the distinction between welfarism and extra‐welfarism has been employed to discuss various epistemological and normative differences between health evaluation approaches. However, a clear consensus on the definition of either welfarism, extra‐welfarism, or the differences between the two sets of approaches has not emerged. I propose an alternative set of distinctions that allows for a more fine‐grained categorization of health evaluation approaches. This categorization focuses on five dimensions: (1) the maximand of an evaluation approach, (2) its sensitivity toward normative concerns that defy compensation, (3) its position on which groups of individuals or collective entities act as sources of values, (4) its sensitivity to changes of mind, and (5) the inclusion of process‐external values.

Date: 2021
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