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Measuring Socioeconomic Inequality in Health, Health Care and Health Financing by Means of Rank-Dependent Indices: A Recipe for Good Practice

Guido Erreygers () and Tom Van Ourti

No 10-076/3, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute

Abstract: This discussion paper led to a publication in 'Journal of Health Economics' , 30(4), 685-94. The tools to be used and other choices to be made when measuring socioeconomic inequalities with rank-dependent inequality indices have recently been debated in this journal. This paper adds to this debate by stressing the importance of the measurement scale, by providing formal proofs of several issues in the debate, and by lifting the curtain on the confusing debate between adherents of absolute versus relative health differences. We end this paper with a "matrix" that provides guidelines on the usefulness of several rank-dependent inequality indices under varying circumstances

Keywords: Health inequality; Socioeconomic inequality; Concentration Index (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 I10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-08-03
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