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Inequity in the Face of Death

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 12-084/3

50 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2012  

Pilar Garcia-Gomez

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

Erik Schokkaert

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL)

Tom Van Ourti

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR); Tinbergen Institute

Teresa Bago d'Uva

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Faculty of Economics; Tinbergen Institute

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Date Written: May 21, 2012

Abstract

We apply the theory of inequality in opportunity to measure inequity in mortality. Our empirical work is based on a rich dataset for the Netherlands (1998-2007), linking information about mortality, health events and lifestyles. We show that distinguishing between different channels via which mortality is affected is necessary to test the sensitivity of the results with respect to different normative positions. Moreover, our model allows for a comparison of the inequity in simulated counterfactual situations, including an evaluation of policy measures. We explicitly make a distinction between inequity in mortality risks and inequity in mortality outcomes. The treatment of this difference - “luck” - has a crucial in‡uence on the results.

Keywords: equity, equality of opportunities, mortality, lifestyles

JEL Classification: D63, I12, I14

Suggested Citation

Garcia-Gomez, Pilar and Schokkaert, Erik and Van Ourti, Tom and Bago d'Uva, Teresa, Inequity in the Face of Death (May 21, 2012). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 12-084/3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2133971 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2133971

Pilar Garcia Gomez (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

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Erik Schokkaert

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) ( email )

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Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

Tom Van Ourti

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
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Netherlands

Tinbergen Institute ( email )

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Teresa Bago d'Uva

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

Tinbergen Institute ( email )

Burg. Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, 3062 PA
Netherlands

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