SanteMed

Measurement and determinants of inequalities in health and well-being in the Middle Eastern and North African region (SanteMed)

 

Recent empirical research, including that carried out by some of the research teams participating in this project (SESSTIM-UMR912 and GREQAM-UMR 7316), has shown that the conventional methods that have been used to assess inequalities in health and well-being in developed countries cannot straightforwardly be applied to developing countries owing to their underlying assumptions, which are far from being consistent with the realities in the developing countries. Consequently, more refined approaches to the measurement of inequalities are called for.

Building on previous experiences of the research teams involved and the lessons learned from a recently completed research project that was supported by the French National Agency of Research (ANR-INEGSANTE 2010–2014), this new project seeks to improve the measurement and explanations of various aspects of inequality in health and healthcare within a broader perspective of well-being. Thanks to previous collaboration, this project will benefit from micro-data sets, recently made available, providing detailed information on different aspects of health and well-being in 13 countries in the MENA region.

Outcome and Translation

This project has provided researchers with innovative methodologies to compare distributions of health outcomes in the developing country context in terms of equity and well-being, and has developed statistical inference tools in order to test hypotheses regarding distributional change.

This project is supported by the A*MIDEX project (n° ANR-11-IDEX-0001-02) funded by the  Investissements d’Avenir French Government program, managed by the French National Research Agency (ANR).

HERU researchers involved in this research project:  Ramses Abul Naga

External collaborators: Y Arrighi (Lille); M Abu-Zaineh, B Ventelou, M.E Woode (Marseille); I Ayadi (University of Tunis); A Boutayeb (University Mohammed Premier, Morocco); A Mataria (World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean); S Abdulrahim (American University of Beirut); N Salti (American University of Beirut)

Publications

Abul Naga, R.H. and Stapenhurst, C. (2015) 'Estimation of inequality indices of the cumulative distribution function', Economics Letters, 130(May), 109-112.

Abul Naga, R. H., Shen, Y. and Yoo, H. I. (2016) 'Joint hypothesis tests for multidimensional inequality indices', Economics Letters, 141, 138-142.

Abul Naga, R. H., Shen, Y. and Yoo, H. I. (2016) Joint hypothesis tests for multidimensional inequality indices, Discussion Paper in Economics, 16-3, University of Aberdeen Business School. [pdf]

 

Presentations

Abul Naga, R.H. and Shen, Y. (2014) 'Joint hypotheses tests for multidimensional inequality indices with application on income and health in the context of Egypt', Socio-economic Inequality and Health in the Middle East and North African Countries: a Multidisciplinary Perspective, Aix Marseille School of Economics - Sciences Economiques & Sociales de la Santé & Traitement de l’Information Médicale (AMSE-SESSTIM) 2nd Scientific Symposium on Health Economics, Marseille, France, 3 April 2014.

Abul Naga, R.H. and Shen, Y. (2015) 'Joint hypotheses tests for multidimensional inequality indices (with Egyptian data applications)', Business School Seminar, University of Durham, 11 March 2015.

Abul Naga, R.H. and Abu-Zaineh, M. (2016) 'Bread and social justice: measuring social welfare and inequality using anthropometrics', Scottish Development Economics Workshop, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 26 May 2016.

Abu-Zaineh, M. and Abul Naga, R. H. (2016) 'Bread and social justice: measuring social welfare and inequality using anthropometrics', Applied Health, Equity and Development Research Network, 3rd Scientific Symposium, Marseille, France, 9-10 June 2016.

Abul Naga, R. (2017) 'Discrete data and the measurement of inequality: progressive transfers and the limits to redistribution', New Challenges in the Measurement of Economic Inequalities and Injustices, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France, 14-15 June 2017.