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Copula-based measurement of dependence between dimensions of well-being

Koen Decancq ()

Working Papers of Department of Economics, Leuven from KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), Department of Economics, Leuven

Abstract: Well-being consists of many dimensions such as income, health and education. A society exhibits greater dependence between its dimensions of well-being when the positions of the individuals in the different dimensions are more aligned or correlated. Differences in dependence may lead to very different societies, even when the dimension-wise distributions are identical. I propose to use a copula-based framework to order societies with respect to their dependence. A class of measures of dependence is derived to which the multidimensional rank correlation coefficient belongs. I illustrate the usefulness of the approach by showing that Russian dependence between three dimensions of well-being has increased significantly between 1995 and 2003. Unfortunately, the aspect of dependence is missed by all composite well-being measures based on dimension-specific summary statistics such as the popular Human Development Index (HDI).

Keywords: copula; complex inequality; concordance; HDI; multidimensional inequality; Russia; well-being. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 D63 I31 O50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cis and nep-hap
Date: 2009-12
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