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Abstract:

DARP Paper
Inequality Measurement for Ordered Response Health Data
Ramses H. Abul Naga and Tarik Yalcin
June 2007
Paper No' DARP 092:
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JEL Classification: 13; 11


Tags: self-reported health status; inequality orderings; inequality measures.

When health status is an ordered response variable, Allison and Foster (2004) postulate that a distribution Q ?exhibits more inequality than a distribution P ?if Q ?is obtained from P ?via a sequence of median preserving spreads. This paper introduces a parametric family of inequality indices which are founded on the Allison and Foster ordering.