Positive Rights Good


Health Economics

  • Although it is not a term in economics, the notion of positive rights is closely linked with the notion of a merit good. Positive rights are rights or guarantees to have certain things, in contrast to negative rights, which are the rights to be free from certain things, like abuse or coercion. If a right exists at all, it is positive when its realization entails some action on the part of others and it is negative when its realization entails inaction on the part of another. Health care is often cited as an example of a positive rights good.