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A review essay on child well-being measurement: uncovering the paths for future research

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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

The research on indicators on the state of child well-being is a growing field and one that has experienced several changes through time. Due to the growing supply of data on children, and in order to facilitate conclusions and tracking trends, researchers have been led to develop child well-being summary indexes. Several proposals have already been presented. In the present work, we critically review the most prominent summary child well-being indexes recently constructed, the Index of Child and Youth Well-Being in the United States, the Child Well-being Index for the European Union, the Microdata Child Well-Being Index, and the Deprivation Index. The examination is carried out according to the contributions and innovations the indexes have brought to the field. A critical assessment of the methods used in the construction of the indexes is made and their main limitations identified. Accordingly, some future lines of research to improve child well-being measurement through summary indexes are put forward.

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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 02.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cap:wpaper:022010

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Keywords: child well-being; measurement; composite indices;

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  1. Jonathan Bradshaw & Bruno Martorano & Chris De Neubourg & Luisa Natali & UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, 2013. "Child Well-being in Advanced Economies in the Late 2000s," Innocenti Working Papers inwopa684, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre.
  2. Gabriella Conti & James J. Heckman, 2012. "The Economics of Child Well-Being," NBER Working Papers 18466, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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