The individual in mainstream health economics: a case of persona non-grata

Davis, J.B. and McMaster, R. (2007) The individual in mainstream health economics: a case of persona non-grata. Health Care Analysis, 15(3), pp. 195-210. (doi: 10.1007/s10728-007-0044-x)

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This paper is motivated by Davis’ [14] theory of the individual in economics. Davis’ analysis is applied to health economics, where the individual is conceived as a utility maximiser, although capable of regarding others’ welfare through interdependent utility functions. Nonetheless, this provides a restrictive and flawed account, engendering a narrow and abstract conception of care grounded in Paretian value and Cartesian analytical frames. Instead, a richer account of the socially embedded individual is advocated, which employs collective intentionality analysis. This provides a sound foundation for research into an approach to health policy that promotes health as a basic human right.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McMaster, Professor Robert
Authors: Davis, J.B., and McMaster, R.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Health Care Analysis
ISSN (Online):1573-3394
Published Online:05 April 2007

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