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

Jens Hougaard (), Juan Moreno-Ternero () and Lars Peter Østerdal

No 2013:9, DaCHE discussion papers from University of Southern Denmark, Dache - Danish Centre for Health Economics

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.

Keywords: Inequality; health; quantity of life; quality of life; QALYs; HYEs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 I14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2013-09-13
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