Entitlements to Continued Life and the Evaluation of Population Health

Juan D. Moreno-Ternero, Lars Peter Østerdal*

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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We analyze the implications of axioms formalizing entitlements to continued life for the evaluation of population health, when combined with basic structural axioms. A straightforward implication of our analysis is that if the scope of equal entitlements to continued life is not limited, concerns for morbidity are dismissed in the evaluation of population health. Nevertheless, with axioms formalizing a more limited scope of equal entitlement to continued life, we provide several characterization results of focal population health evaluation functions, ranging from lifetime utilitarianism to generalized healthy years equivalent utilitarianism.
TidsskriftReview of Economic Design
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)561-579
Antal sider19
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2023

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Published online: 17 June 2022.


  • Axioms
  • Population health
  • Equal value of life
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality