On the measurement of inequalities in health
This paper offers a critical appraisal of the various methods employed to date to measure inequalities in health. It suggests that only two of these—the slope index of inequality and the concentration index—are likely to present an accurate picture of socioeconomic inequalities in health. The paper also presents several empirical examples to illustrate of the dangers of using other measures such as the range, the Lorenz curve and the index of dissimilarity.
|Keywords||Comparative research, Inequalities in health, Morbidity, Mortality, Social class|
|Persistent URL||dx.doi.org/10.1016/0277-9536(91)90212-U, hdl.handle.net/1765/11465|
Wagstaff, A., Paci, P., & van Doorslaer, E.K.A.. (1991). On the measurement of inequalities in health. Social Science & Medicine, 33(5), 545–557. doi:10.1016/0277-9536(91)90212-U