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In measuring aggregate "social efficiency", Volume 1
Author:Ravallion, Martin; Country:World;
Date Stored:2003/12/15Document Date:2003/11/30
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Economic Theory & Research; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Inequality; Labor Policies; Health Economics & Finance; Public Health Promotion
Language:EnglishRegion:The World Region
Report Number:WPS3166Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 3166
Volume No:1  

Summary: Cross-country comparisons of social indicators controlling for income and/or social spending have been widely used to measure and explain "social efficiency" analogously to "technical efficiency" in production. The author argues that these methods are clouded in ambiguities about what exactly is being measured. Standard methods of measuring technical efficiency require assumptions that seem unlikely to hold for social indicators. In the context of a simple parametric model of life expectancy, conditions are identified under which there will be a systematic pattern of bias in estimates of efficient health spending.

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