Health Economics Letter
ON THE CARDINAL MEASUREMENT OF HEALTH INEQUALITY WHEN ONLY ORDINAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON INDIVIDUAL HEALTH STATUS
Article first published online: 5 DEC 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 106–113, January 2013
How to Cite
Lazar, A. and Silber, J. (2013), ON THE CARDINAL MEASUREMENT OF HEALTH INEQUALITY WHEN ONLY ORDINAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON INDIVIDUAL HEALTH STATUS. Health Econ., 22: 106–113. doi: 10.1002/hec.1821
- Issue published online: 4 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 5 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 OCT 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 7 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Received: 24 FEB 2011
- health inequality;
- ordinal information;
This paper suggests new indices of health inequality which may be used when only ordinal information is available on individual health status. We borrow ideas from the literature on the measurement of occupational or residential segregation and show that indices of ordinal segregation which have been recently proposed may be also applied to the measurement of health inequality. We also prove that these indices satisfy four axioms introduced to measure inequality with ordered response health data so that the new indices presented in this paper are consistent with the inequality ordering proposed by Allison and Foster. We also suggest an extension of the family of indices proposed by Abul Naga and Yalcin. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.