Inequity in the Face of Death

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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 a¤ected 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 influence 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). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 05/2012-059. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2214856 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2214856

Pilar Garcia Gomez (Contact Author)

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

P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam, NL 3062 PA
Netherlands

Erik Schokkaert

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

Tom Van Ourti

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) ( email )

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

Tinbergen Institute ( email )

Burg. Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, 3062 PA
Netherlands

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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