Ordinal and cardinal measures of health inequality : an empirical comparison

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Title: Ordinal and cardinal measures of health inequality : an empirical comparison
Authors: Madden, David (David Patrick)
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/760
Date: May-2008
Abstract: When measuring health inequality using ordinal data, analysts typically must choose between indices specifically based upon ordinal data and more standard indices using ordinal data which has been transformed into cardinal data. This paper compares inequality rankings across a number of different approaches and finds considerable sensitivity to the choice between ordinal and cardinal based indices. There is relatively little sensitivity to the ethical choices made by the analyst in terms of the weight attached to different parts of the distribution.
Funding Details: Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Copyright (published version): UCD Centre for Economic Research 2008
Keywords: Inequality;Cardinal;Ordinal
Subject LCSH: Set theory
Equality--Statistical methods
Social indicators
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers
Geary Institute Research Collection

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