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The Measurement of Non-Economic Inequality in Well-being Indices
2014 (English)In: Social Indicators Research, ISSN 0303-8300, E-ISSN 1573-0921, Vol. 119, no 2, 581-598 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper is a critical review of composite well-being indices that account for inequality. Many well-being indices build upon the idea that while income and wealth are important, they do not constitute a person’s actual quality of life. However, first of all, the analysis finds that while well-being indices aim to go “beyond GDP” and other primarily economic indicators, many of them, unfortunately, do not focus on inequality at all. Secondly, most indices which include inequality in their measurement, only account for economic inequality. Thirdly, the article finds that the most comprehensive wellbeing index in terms of inequality is the Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index which adjusts for economic, health and education inequality. This article finds that well-being indices should make further strides to ensure the capture of non-economic inequality in terms of education and health.

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2014. Vol. 119, no 2, 581-598 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-319753DOI: 10.1007/s11205-013-0513-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-319753DiVA: diva2:1087618
Available from: 2017-04-08 Created: 2017-04-08 Last updated: 2017-04-08

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