Measuring Health Inequality with Realization of Conditional Potential Life Years (RCPLY)

Petrie, Dennis, Tang, Kam Ki and Rao, D. S. Prasada (2014) Measuring Health Inequality with Realization of Conditional Potential Life Years (RCPLY). Social Indicators Research, 122 1: 21-44. doi:10.1007/s11205-014-0677-8


Author Petrie, Dennis
Tang, Kam Ki
Rao, D. S. Prasada
Title Measuring Health Inequality with Realization of Conditional Potential Life Years (RCPLY)
Journal name Social Indicators Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0303-8300
1573-0921
Publication date 2014-06-26
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11205-014-0677-8
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 122
Issue 1
Start page 21
End page 44
Total pages 24
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract Health inequalities that are avoidable and unfair are considered more relevant for policy intervention. Recent work has improved on using life years (LY) to measure longevity inequality by developing a health indicator-the Realization of Potential Life Years (RePLY)-to adjust for unavoidable mortality risks. This approach, however, estimates unavoidable mortality risks by using the globally lowest mortality risks for each age-sex group of any country, and thus, benchmarking countries at different levels of development against the same unavoidable mortality risks without considering their heterogeneity. The current paper proposes to attempt to control for a country's national resources in estimating their (conditional) avoidable mortality risks. This allows the construction of a new health indicator-Realization of Conditional Potential Life Years (RCPLY). This paper presents and contrasts the empirical results for LY, RePLY and RCPLY based on life tables for 136 countries from the year 2009.
Keyword Mortality risk
Avoidable deaths
Longevity inequality
Data envelopment analysis (DEA)
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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