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Weight Constrained DEA Measurement of the Quality of Life in Spanish Municipalities in 2011

Eduardo González (), Ana Cárcaba and Juan Ventura
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Eduardo González: University of Oviedo
Ana Cárcaba: University of Oviedo
Juan Ventura: University of Oviedo

Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, 2018, vol. 136, issue 3, 1157-1182

Abstract: Abstract This paper measures quality of life (QoL) in the 393 largest Spanish municipalities in 2011. We follow recent descriptions of QoL dimensions to propose an integrated framework composed of eight dimensions: material living conditions, health, education, environment, economic and physical safety, governance and political voice, social interaction, and personal activities. Using different sources of information we construct 16 indicators, two per each of the QoL dimensions considered. Weight constrained data envelopment analysis (DEA) is then used to estimate a composite indicator of the QoL of each municipality. Robustness is checked by altering the weight ranges introduced within the DEA specification. Results show that the Northern and Central regions in Spain attain the highest levels of QoL, while the Southern and Mediterranean regions report lower scores. These figures are consistent with those obtained by González et al. (Soc Ind Res 82:111–145 2011) for the Spanish municipalities in 2001, although both the sample and the indicators used are different. The analysis also shows that, while it is important to restrict weights in DEA, the specific restrictions used are less important, since all the composite indicators computed are highly correlated. The results also show important differences between per capita gross domestic product and QoL at the provincial level.

Keywords: Quality of life; Spain; Municipalities; DEA; Weight restrictions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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