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Welfarism vs. extra-welfarism

Brouwer, Werner B. F., Culyer, Anthony J., van Exel, N. Job A. and Rutten, Frans F. H. (2008) Welfarism vs. extra-welfarism. Journal of health economics. pp. 325-338. ISSN 0167-6296

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Abstract

'Extra-welfarism' has received some attention in health economics, yet there is little consensus on what distinguishes it from more conventional 'welfarist economics'. In this paper, we seek to identify the characteristics of each in order to make a systematic comparison of the ways in which they evaluate alternative social states. The focus, though this is not intended to be exclusive, is on health. Specifically, we highlight four areas in which the two schools differ: (i) the outcomes considered relevant in an evaluation; (ii) the sources of valuation of the relevant outcomes; (iii) the basis of weighting of relevant outcomes and (iv) interpersonal comparisons. We conclude that these differences are substantive. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2008 Elsevier B.V. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Journal of Health Economics. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: welfare, welfarism, extra-welfarism, health economics, HEALTH-CARE PROGRAMS, PROCESS UTILITY, SOCIAL-WELFARE, ECONOMICS, HAPPINESS, CAPABILITIES, QALYS, EXPLORATION, PREFERENCES, EQUITY, Economics and Econometrics
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Economics and Related Studies (York)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 15 May 2008 09:29
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 11:06
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2007.07.003
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3789

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