Future challenges

Cookson, Richard and Morton, Alec and Schokkaert, Erik and Gomez, Gabriela B. and Merritt, Maria W. and Norheim, Ole and Griffin, Susan and Culyer, Anthony J.; Cookson, Richard and Griffin, Susan and Norheim, Ole F. and Culyer, Anthony J., eds. (2020) Future challenges. In: Distributional Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198838197

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In this chapter we discuss some of the challenges facing the field of distributional cost-effectiveness analysis (DCEA). We cover four methodological challenges for researchers: (i) modelling complexities such as economies of scale, spillovers and behavioural responses, (ii) ex post DCEA based on distributions of realised outcomes rather than expected outcomes, (iii) cross-sectoral DCEA combining information about health and non-health dimensions of well-being, and (iv) fair shares DCEA based on distributing in proportion to strength of claim rather than maximising value. We also discuss the practical challenge of making DCEA more useful to decision makers.