Publication
Title
A dual Atkinson measure of socioeconomic inequality of health
Author
Abstract
The Atkinson index of income inequality is based on a comparison of the average income with the equivalent income, where the equivalent income is defined as the level of income that, if given to everyone, would generate the same social welfare as the existing distribution of income. This paper explores the possibility of extending this approach to the measurement of socioeconomic inequality of health. It assumes a social evaluation function that depends upon two variables: socioeconomic status as well as health status. With a general form of this function, an Atkinson measure is derived, which gives exactly the same result when applied to the socioeconomic variable and when applied to the health variable. The paper examines the properties of the index and suggests various extensions.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Health economics. - Chichester
Publication
Chichester : 2013
ISSN
1057-9230
Volume/pages
22:4(2013), p. 466-479
ISI
000315917000008
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
Full text (publisher's version - intranet only)
UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
Publication type
Subject
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
Record
Identification
Creation 15.03.2013
Last edited 08.12.2017
To cite this reference