Title
Measuring socioeconomic inequality in health, health care and health financing by means of rank-dependent indices : a recipe for good practice
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
Amsterdam ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Journal of health economics. - Amsterdam
Volume/pages
30(2011) :4 , p. 685-694
ISSN
0167-6296
ISI
000294393500008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The tools to be used and other choices to be made when measuring socioeconomic inequalities with rankdependent 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.
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