Entitlements to Continued Life and the Evaluation of Population Health

Juan D. Moreno-Ternero, Lars Peter Østerdal

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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 (and not just mortality) 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
PublisherCopenhagen Business School, CBS
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2022
SeriesWorking Paper / Department of Economics. Copenhagen Business School


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

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