On Applying Synthetic Indices of Multidimensional Well-Being: Health and Income Inequalities in Selected EU Countries
Bank of Italy
April 30, 2008
Bank of Italy Temi di Discussione (Working Paper) No. 668
The multidimensional view of well-being is receiving growing attention, both in academic research and policy-oriented analysis. This paper examines empirical strategies to measure poverty and inequality in multiple domains, concentrating on two problems in the use of synthetic multidimensional indices: the weighting structure of different functionings and the functional form of the index. These problems are illustrated by comparing inequality and deprivation in income and health in the four largest countries of the EU: France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 41
Keywords: inequality, poverty, multidimensional analysis, capability approach
JEL Classification: I31, I32, D63, D31working papers series
Date posted: June 20, 2008
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