The main purpose of this paper is to compare the decomposition properties of rank-dependent and level-dependent indicators of socioeconomic inequality of health. We do so by focusing on three forms of inequality decomposition:
- decomposition by health components;
- decomposition by population groups; and
- regression-based decomposition.
The first form of decomposition can be handled just as well by rank-dependent indices as by level-dependent indices. With respect to the decomposition by population subgroups, however, level-dependent indices have much nicer properties than rank-dependent indices. This may prove to be an important argument in favour of the use of level-dependent indices. With regard to regression-based decomposition, the paper suggests a new approach which aims to explain the correlation between socioeconomic conditions and health outcomes more directly than has been done so far.

Decomposing socioeconomic Inequality of Health

Fri 22 Apr 2016 3:30pm5:00pm


Room 103, Colin Clark Building (#39)