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_Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is fairest of all? Distributional sensitivity in the measurement of socioeconomic inequality of health
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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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of health economics. - Amsterdam
Publication
Amsterdam : 2012
ISSN
0167-6296
Volume/pages
31:1(2012), p. 257-270
ISI
000302972200022
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