Avoidable mortality risks and measurement of wellbeing and inequality

Tang, K. K., Chin, J. T. C. and Rao, D. S. P. (2008) Avoidable mortality risks and measurement of wellbeing and inequality. Journal of Health Economics, 27 3: 624-641. doi:10.1016/j.jhealeco.2007.08.003

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Author Tang, K. K.
Chin, J. T. C.
Rao, D. S. P.
Title Avoidable mortality risks and measurement of wellbeing and inequality
Journal name Journal of Health Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0167-6296
Publication date 2008
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2007.08.003
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 624
End page 641
Total pages 18
Editor A. J. Culyer
J. P. Newhouse
R. Frank
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
Abstract This paper proposes a data envelopment method to separate avoidable and unavoidable mortality risks. As unavoidable mortality is either beyond the control of humanity or likely to be very cost-ineffective to reduce in the short to medium term, avoidable mortality is of much greater practical relevance in measuring wellbeing and inequality. The new method is applied to a dataset consisting of life tables for 191 countries in the year 2000 to obtain a reference distribution of unavoidable mortality risks. The reference distribution is used to improve on the standard age-at-death measure to obtain an age-at-avoidable-death measure. Compared with the standard measure, age-at-avoidable-death provides a very different picture of wellbeing, and more so when it comes to inequality measures.
Keyword Mortality risk
Life table
Avoidable deaths
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Available online 29 November 2007.

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