European Investment Bank (EIB), Luxembourg
05 November 2019 - 13:00

Inequality and Pain

Lecture Series - Inequality and ... ?

The ‘Inequality and ... ?’ lecture series is organised by the EIB Institute and (MARS) together with LIS, STATEC, Chambre de Salaries and LISER, with the financial support of the FNR. LISER is a proud partner in helping gather the research community, the private and public sectors and the general public in Luxembourg to discuss concepts of inequality.

Inequalities in health, wherever and however they are measured, are generally large. But, should we be concerned? Philosophers have discussed when health inequalities are unjust – for example, when there are ways they can be ameliorated. But their discourse tends to be qualitative, expressed only in terms of logical argument. Health economists, on the other hand, have proposed a variety of measurements of health inequalities, but generally have nothing to say about the extent to which they are “justified”. In this analysis, we bring together the philosophical and measurement strands of the literature in order to offer a quantitative assessment of which kinds of health inequalities may be justified, including one of the most widespread kinds of ill health, chronic pain.


Prof. Michael C. Wolfson (University of Ottawa)


The lecture is free and requires registration at


European Investment Bank (EIB)
98-100 Boulevard Konrad Adenauer, Luxembourg

A shuttle bus will pick you up at 11:50 from Belval Campus - 11 Porte des Sciences to EIB and return (after the conference - 14:15)