Title
_Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is fairest of all? Distributional sensitivity in the measurement of socioeconomic inequality of health _Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is fairest of all? Distributional sensitivity in the measurement of socioeconomic inequality of health
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
Amsterdam ,
Subject
Economics
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Journal of health economics. - Amsterdam
Volume/pages
31(2012) :1 , p. 257-270
ISSN
0167-6296
ISI
000302972200022
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This paper explores four alternative indices for measuring health inequalities in a way that takes into account attitudes towards inequality. First, we revisit the extended concentration index which has been proposed to make it possible to introduce changes into the distributional value judgements implicit in the standard concentration index. Next, we suggest an alternative index based on a different weighting scheme. In contrast to the extended concentration index, this new index has the symmetry property. We also show how these indices can be generalized so that they satisfy the mirror property, which may be seen as a desirable property when dealing with bounded variables. We compare the different indices empirically for under-five mortality rates and the number of antenatal visits in developing countries.
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