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A weighted multidimensional index of child well-being which incorporates children’s individual perceptions

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  • Liliana Fernandes

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    (Faculdade de Economia e Gestão - Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto)

  • Américo Mendes

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    (Faculdade de Economia e Gestão - Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto)

  • Aurora Teixeira

    (Faculdade de Economia - Universidade do Porto)

Abstract

It has been a decade since a landmark piece of work on child well-being measurement based on a summary index was developed in the United States, the Index of Child and Youth Well-Being. Several research studies, both in the U.S. and Europe, followed on from this work. However, improvements in the methodologies used by researchers are still required, namely with regard to incorporating children’s own perspectives of their well-being, as well as involving them in the measurement process. In the present paper, a composite index is proposed in order to try overcoming three of the main methodological limitations of current studies: the short account for children’s perceptions on their own well-being, the use of aggregated data, and the use of uniform and other weighting schemes that do not translate the real weights of individual indicators.

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Paper provided by Faculdade de Economia e Gestão, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto) in its series Working Papers de Economia (Economics Working Papers) with number 01.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: May 2011
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Handle: RePEc:cap:wpaper:012011

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Keywords: child well-being; measurement; child indicators; methods;

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  1. Bruno Martorano & Luisa Natali & Chris Neubourg & Jonathan Bradshaw, 2014. "Child Well-Being in Advanced Economies in the Late 2000s," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 118(1), pages 247-283, August.
  2. Liliana Fernandes & Américo Mendes & Aurora Teixeira, 2012. "Assessing child well-being through a new multidimensional child-based weighting scheme index: an empirical estimation for Portugal," Working Papers de Economia (Economics Working Papers) 02, Faculdade de Economia e Gestão, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto).

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