On Applying Synthetic Indices of Multidimensional Well-Being: Health and Income Inequalities in Selected EU Countries

41 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2008

Date Written: April 30, 2008

Abstract

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.

Keywords: inequality, poverty, multidimensional analysis, capability approach

JEL Classification: I31, I32, D63, D31

Suggested Citation

Brandolini, Andrea, On Applying Synthetic Indices of Multidimensional Well-Being: Health and Income Inequalities in Selected EU Countries (April 30, 2008). Bank of Italy Temi di Discussione (Working Paper) No. 668. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1148725 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1148725

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