Aggregable Health Inequality Indices

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) Working Paper Series 2016-11

28 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2016

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Stéphane Mussard

Université de Sherbrooke; CEPS/INSTEAD

María Pi Alperin

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

Véronique Thireau

UNIMES - Université de Nîmes

Date Written: July 25, 2016

Abstract

An aggregable family of multidimensional concentration indices is characterized, in order to be consistent with a property of exogenous risk factors, i.e. health risks for which agents are not responsible for. The family of concentration indices (or achievement indices by duality) lies in the class of polynomial functions. Necessary and sufficient conditions are stated in order to rank two health distributions thanks to the generalized concentration curves. It is shown that the properties of mirror and symmetry are compatible with a sub-family of concentration indices being polynomial functions. A dominance criterion exists for this sub-family of indices, provided that the decision maker is an inequality lover.

Keywords: concentration, dominance, health inequality, mirror, symmetry

JEL Classification: D60, I10

Suggested Citation

Mussard, Stéphane and Pi Alperin, María and Thireau, Véronique, Aggregable Health Inequality Indices (July 25, 2016). Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) Working Paper Series 2016-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2818929 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2818929

Stéphane Mussard (Contact Author)

Université de Sherbrooke ( email )

2500 bd de l'Universite
Sherbrooke, Québec J1K 2R1
Canada

CEPS/INSTEAD ( email )

B.P.48
Differdange, L-4620
Luxembourg

María Pi Alperin

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) ( email )

11 Porte des Sciences
Esch-sur-Alzette, L-4366
Luxembourg
+352585855416 (Phone)

Véronique Thireau

UNIMES - Université de Nîmes ( email )

Rue du Docteur Georges Salan
Nîmes Cedex 1, 30021
France

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