Equity in health and equivalent incomes

Erik Schokkaert, Carine Van De Voorde, Brigitte Dormont, Marc Fleurbaey, Stéphane Luchini, Anne Laure Samson, Clémence Thébaut

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We compare two approaches to measuring inequity in the health distribution. The first is the concentration index. The second is the calculation of the inequality in an overall measure of individual well-being, capturing both the income and health dimensions. We introduce the concept of equivalent income as a measure of well-being that respects preferences with respect to the trade-off between income and health, but is not subjectively welfarist since it does not rely on the direct measurement of happiness. Using data from a representative survey in France, we show that equivalent incomes can be measured using a contingent valuation method. We present counterfactual simulations to illustrate the different perspectives of the approaches with respect to distributive justice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHealth and Inequality
PublisherJAI Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781781905531
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameResearch on Economic Inequality
ISSN (Print)1049-2585

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


  • Concentration index
  • Contingent valuation
  • Healthy-equivalent income
  • Inequity in health


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