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Eliciting the level of health inequality aversion in England

Robson, Matthew, Asaria, Miqdad ORCID: 0000-0002-3538-4417, Cookson, Richard, Tsuchiya, Aki and Ali, Shehzad (2017) Eliciting the level of health inequality aversion in England. Health Economics, 26 (10). pp. 1328-1334. ISSN 1057-9230

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Identification Number: 10.1002/hec.3430

Abstract

Abstract Health inequality aversion parameters can be used to represent alternative value judgements about policy concern for reducing health inequality versus improving total health. In this study, we use data from an online survey of the general public in England (n?=?244) to elicit health inequality aversion parameters for both Atkinson and Kolm social welfare functions. We find median inequality aversion parameters of 10.95 for Atkinson and 0.15 for Kolm. These values suggest substantial concern for health inequality among the English general public which, at current levels of quality adjusted life expectancy, implies weighting health gains to the poorest fifth of people in society six to seven times as highly as health gains to the richest fifth. ? 2016 The Authors. Health Economics published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2019 11:18
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2021 01:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101254

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