The Measurement of Capabilities
Posted: 17 Jun 2007
Health, the Production of Capabilities and Quality of Life.
The paper uses a new dataset on human capabilities across a wide range of life domains to examine three questions relating to health, human and capabilities aspects of quality of life. Specifically, the analysis (a) examines the extent to which health status is associated with capabilities, (b) investigates the multivariate distribution of capabilities as a function of health using latent class analysis and (c) models the relationship between health, its capability covariates, and life satisfaction (happiness). The main findings are: that health status is related to many aspects of human capabilities both in simple non-parametric tests and in models that allow for controls; that when clustered using data on over 60 aspects of a person's capabilities it is possible to identify a group with low capabilities all round, half of whom have limited health status; and that in models of life satisfaction with controls, health status has no direct impact though a small number of capability indicators for which health status is a covariate, do.
Keywords: capabilities, health, quality of life
JEL Classification: D60, I19, A10
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