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Multidimensional indices of deprivation: the introduction of reference groups weights

Luna Bellani ()

The Journal of Economic Inequality, 2013, vol. 11, issue 4, 495-515

Abstract: The use of a multidimensional approach to deprivation has known an increasing interest in the literature. This paper builds on this literature by proposing a deprivation index that weighs different dimensions according to their perceived importance by members of alternative reference groups. We first characterize a deprivation index following this line of thought. We then apply this method to European data and show that preferences over dimensions are differentiated by reference groups. This differentiation affects the value of deprivation for each country, group and the ranking of each. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2013

Keywords: Multidimensional well-being indicator; Weights; Reference groups; D63; I32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1007/s10888-012-9231-6

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