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The social welfare function and individual responsibility: Some theoretical issues and empirical evidence from health

Dolan, P. and Tsuchiya, A. (2003) The social welfare function and individual responsibility: Some theoretical issues and empirical evidence from health. Discussion Paper. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The literature on income distribution has attempted to quantitatively analyse different degrees of inequality using a social welfare function (SWF) approach. However, it has largely ignored the source of such inequalities, and has thus failed to consider different degrees of inequity. The literature on egalitarianism has addressed issues of equity, largely in relation to individual responsibility. This paper brings these two literatures together by introducing the concept of individual responsibility into the SWF approach. The results from an empirical study of people’s preferences in relation to the distribution of health benefits are presented to illustrate how the parameter values in such a SWF might be determined.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Keywords: equity, social welfare function, individual responsibility
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield) > Health Economics and Decision Science > HEDS Discussion Paper Series
Depositing User: ScHARR / HEDS (Sheffield)
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2010 11:04
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 19:05
Status: Unpublished
Identification Number: HEDS Discussion Paper 03/01
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10945

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