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Decide as you would with full information!: an argument against ex ante Pareto

Voorhoeve, Alex and Fleurbaey, Marc (2013) Decide as you would with full information!: an argument against ex ante Pareto. In: Eyal, Nir, Hurst, Samia A., Norheim, Ole F. and Wikler, Dan, (eds.) Inequalities in Health: Concepts, Measures and Ethics. Population-level bioethics. Oxford University Press, New York, USA, pp. 113-128. ISBN 9780199931392

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Abstract

Of every thousand children born in Iceland, two will die before their first birthday, but in Mozambique the death rate is sixty times higher. Even within countries - including some of the wealthiest - inequalities in longevity and health can be substantial. In recent years, epidemiologists have documented the extent of these inequalities both between and within countries, stimulating in turn research both on their sources and on possible means for their alleviation. These extensive and influential efforts in research and in policy development have raised health inequalities to a prominent position among the central concerns of both national and global health. Less attention has been given to careful analysis and refinement of some key concepts and values that guide and motivate these studies of health inequalities. The essays in this book demonstrate the need to identify and debate alternative positions on the choice of measures of health inequality; the definitions of 'inequality' and 'inequity' in health, and their interrelationship; the ethical basis for attaching priority to narrowing gaps in longevity and health among individuals, groups, and societies; and the possible solutions to a series of puzzles involving uncertainty and variable population size.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/
Additional Information: © 2013 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2013 15:27
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2020 01:54
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/49857

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