Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers,
Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics

No 9-2022: Entitlements to Continued Life and the Evaluation of Population Health

Juan D. Moreno-Ternero () and Lars Peter Østerdal ()
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Juan D. Moreno-Ternero: Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide
Lars Peter Østerdal: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Postal: Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics, Porcelaenshaven 16 A. 1. floor, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark

Abstract: We analyze the implications of axioms formalizing entitlements to continued life for the evaluation of population health, when combined with basic structural axioms. A straightforward implication of our analysis is that if the scope of equal entitlements to continued life is not limited, concerns for morbidity (and not just mortality) are dismissed in the evaluation of population health. Nevertheless, with axioms formalizing a more limited scope of equal entitlement to continued life, we provide several characterization results of focal population health evaluation functions, ranging from lifetime utilitarianism to generalized healthy years equivalent utilitarianism.

Keywords: Axioms; Population health; Equal value of life; mMrbidity; Mortality

JEL-codes: D63; I10

Language: English

24 pages, May 19, 2022

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