On the Measurement of the (Multidimensional) Inequality of Health Distributions

Jens Leth Hougaard, Juan D. Moreno-Ternero, Lars Peter Østerdal

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth and Inequality
EditorsPedro Rosa Dias, Owen O’Donnell
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2013
ISBN (Print)9781781905531
ISBN (Electronic)9781781905548
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
SeriesResearch on Economic Inequality

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