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Age change, official age and fairness in health
  1. Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen1,
  2. Thomas Søbirk Petersen2
  1. 1 Political Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  2. 2 Philosophy, University of Roskilde, Roskilde, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Political Science, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark; lippert{at}


In a recent JME article, Joona Räsänen makes the case for allowing legal age change. We identify three problems with his argument and, on that basis, propose an improved version thereof. Unfortunately, even the improved argument is vulnerable to the objection that chronological age is a better proxy for justice in health than both legal and what we shall call official age.

  • distributive justice
  • aged
  • ethics
  • political philosophy
  • public policy

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