Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71324
Authors: 
Madden, David
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, UCD Centre for Economic Research 08/13
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.
Subjects: 
Inequality
cardinal
ordinal
JEL: 
D63
I18
I31
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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