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This paper explores four alternative indices for measuring health inequalities in a way that takes into account attitudes towards inequality. First, we revisit the extended concentration index which has been proposed to make it possible to introduce changes into the distributional value judgements implicit in the standard concentration index. Next, we suggest an alternative index based on a different weighting scheme. In contrast to the extended concentration index, this new index has the 'symmetry' property. We also show how these indices can be generalized so that they satisfy the 'mirror' property, which may be seen as a desirable property when dealing with bounded variables. We compare the different indices empirically for under-five mortality rates and the number of antenatal visits in developing countries.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.jhealeco.2011.10.009

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Health Econ

Publication Date

01/2012

Volume

31

Pages

257 - 270

Keywords

Attitude to Health, Child Mortality, Child, Preschool, Developing Countries, Health Status Disparities, Health Status Indicators, Humans, Infant, Infant Mortality, Prenatal Care, Social Justice, Socioeconomic Factors