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An exercise in composite indicators construction: Assessing the sustainability of Italian regions

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  • Floridi, Matteo
  • Pagni, Simone
  • Falorni, Simone
  • Luzzati, Tommaso

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This paper presents a piece of research aimed at evaluating the relative sustainability of the Italian Regions. After selecting a core set of indicators, for which we referred to the EU Sustainable Development Strategy, we built a composite index and checked for its robustness. As a result we got 'many numbers', that is, a range of possible rankings for Italian Regions.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

Volume (Year): 70 (2011)
Issue (Month): 8 (June)
Pages: 1440-1447

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:70:y:2011:i:8:p:1440-1447

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Keywords: Composite indicators Rankings Benchmarking Sustainability Sensitivity robustness;

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  1. Tommaso Luzzati & Gianluca Gucciardi, 2012. "Una classifica robusta della sostenibilità delle regioni italiane," Discussion Papers 2012/141, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
  2. Luca Salvati & Marco Zitti & Margherita Carlucci, 2014. "Territorial Systems, Regional Disparities and Sustainability: Economic Structure and Soil Degradation in Italy," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(5), pages 3086-3104, May.

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