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Evaluating shifts in Japan's quality-of-life


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  • Hashimoto, Akihiro
  • Sugita, Takeshi
  • Haneda, Shoko


This paper presents a Data Envelopment Analysis/Malmquist index (DEA/MI) analysis of the change in quality-of-life (QOL), which is defined as the state of a social system as measured by multiple social-indicators. Applying panel data from Japan's 47 prefectures for the period 1975-2002, we identify significant movement in the country's overall QOL using a "cumulative" frontier shift index. Results suggest that Japan's QOL rose during the so-called "bubble economy years" (second half of the 1980s), and then dropped in the succeeding "lost-decade" (1990s). We also identify those prefectures considered most "responsible" for the shift(s) in QOL. Moreover, the use of both upper- and lower-bound DEAs enabled an evaluation of both "good" and "bad" movements in QOL.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Socio-Economic Planning Sciences.

Volume (Year): 43 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 263-273

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Handle: RePEc:eee:soceps:v:43:y:2009:i:4:p:263-273

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Keywords: Quality-of-life Data Envelopment Analysis Malmquist index Japanese prefectures;


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  1. Tsuneyoshi, Takao & Hashimoto, Akihiro & Haneda, Shoko, 2012. "Quantitative evaluation of nation stability," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 34(1), pages 132-154.
  2. Nayak, Purusottam & Mishra, SK, 2012. "Efficiency of Pena’s P2 Distance in Construction of Human Development Indices," MPRA Paper 39022, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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