On the Application of Efficiency Analysis to the Study of the Dimensions of Human Development

25 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2005

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Xavier Ramos

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Jaques Gabriel Silber

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics

Abstract

This paper is an attempt to translate empirically some of the categorizations of human development reviewed by Alkire (2002). It compares the estimates of human development obtained on the basis of Sen's (1985) capability approach, Narayan et al.'s (2000) dimensions of well-being, Cummins (1996) domains of life satisfaction and Allardt's (1993) comparative Scandinavian welfare study. To obtain these estimates of human development use is made of techniques developed in efficiency analysis, an approach rarely applied to the study of consumption and standards of living (see, however, Lovell et al., 1994). Our database is the British Household Panel Survey. Our findings vindicate the multidimensional approach to human development but show a great empirical resemblance between the four conceptual approaches to well-being.

Suggested Citation

Ramos, Xavier and Silber, Jaques Gabriel, On the Application of Efficiency Analysis to the Study of the Dimensions of Human Development. Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 285-309, June 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=731121

Xavier Ramos (Contact Author)

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ( email )

Dept. Economia Aplicada
Campus UAB
Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193
Spain

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Jaques Gabriel Silber

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics ( email )

Ramat-Gan, 52900
Israel
+972.3.531.8363 (Phone)
+972.3.535.3180 (Fax)

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