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Fair Innings and Immigration

Moreno Manrique, Victoria C. (2009)
Department of Economics
Abstract
Gains from health improvements for the worst-off in society should be weighted according to their possibility to achieve a fair inning. This statement parts from the fair inning equity definition developed by Williams (1997). A fair inning is the level of full health all individuals should be entitle with. It is the aim of this paper to assess immigrants and natives health disparities under the light of this concept. Given the theoretical and empirical development to discriminate according to responsibility, the reasons underling health outcomes differential between immigrants and natives are assessed. I will conclude that there is no evidence towards holding immigrants accountable for worst lifestyles since it will hold them responsible... (More)
Gains from health improvements for the worst-off in society should be weighted according to their possibility to achieve a fair inning. This statement parts from the fair inning equity definition developed by Williams (1997). A fair inning is the level of full health all individuals should be entitle with. It is the aim of this paper to assess immigrants and natives health disparities under the light of this concept. Given the theoretical and empirical development to discriminate according to responsibility, the reasons underling health outcomes differential between immigrants and natives are assessed. I will conclude that there is no evidence towards holding immigrants accountable for worst lifestyles since it will hold them responsible for an uncontrolled factor, their country of birth. Based on previous empirical research, the reasons found for lower health outcomes for immigrants are factors associated to their home countries, the event of migration and a lower socio-economic status in the host country. Finally, as long as the fair innings are based on social welfare maximization immigrants will be assigned a lower fair inning than natives. The reason is not necessary grounded on racism, but rather on the influence of risk adverse preferences in the measurement of tradeoffs. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Gains from health improvements for the worst-off in society should be weighted according to their possibility to achieve a fair inning. This statement parts from the fair inning equity definition developed by Williams (1997). A fair inning is the level of full health all individuals should be entitle with. It is the aim of this paper to assess immigrants and natives health disparities under the light of this concept. Given the theoretical and empirical development to discriminate according to responsibility, the reasons underling health outcomes differential between immigrants and natives are assessed. I will conclude that there is no evidence towards holding immigrants accountable for worst lifestyles since it will hold them responsible for an uncontrolled factor, their country of birth. Based on previous empirical research, the reasons found for lower health outcomes for immigrants are factors associated to their home countries, the event of migration and a lower socio-economic status in the host country. Finally, as long as the fair innings are based on social welfare maximization immigrants will be assigned a lower fair inning than natives. The reason is not necessary grounded on racism, but rather on the influence of risk adverse preferences in the measurement of tradeoffs.},
  author       = {Moreno Manrique, Victoria C.},
  keyword      = {immigration,fair innings,inequality aversion,equity weights,Economics, econometrics, economic theory, economic systems, economic policy,Nationalekonomi, ekonometri, ekonomisk teori, ekonomiska system, ekonomisk politik},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Fair Innings and Immigration},
  year         = {2009},
}